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Author Freshwater, Helen.

Title Theatre censorship in Britain : silencing, censure and suppression / Helen Freshwater
Published Basingstoke ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2009
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Description 1 online resource (x, 212 pages) : illustrations
Contents London's Grand Guignol : sex, violence and the negotiation of the limit -- The representation of reproduction : Marie Stopes and the female body -- Suppressed desire : dramatic inscriptions of lesbianism -- Soldiers : playing with history -- Mary Whitehouse, The Romans in Britain, and 'The rape of our senses' -- Section 28 : contagion, control and protest -- Capital constraint : the right to choose? -- Competing fundamentalisms : Behzti, freedom of speech, sacrilege and silencing
Summary Why do people censor? How do we strike a balance between freedom of speech and respect for the sacred? Do we know what we mean by censorship? Theatre Censorship in Britain brings these questions to its exploration of the wide variety of censorship that has shaped theatrical performance in twentieth- and twenty-first century Britain. Its eight case studies assess the interventions of the Lord Chamberlain - who licensed every performance until 1968 - but they also analyse the powers of censure wielded by the media and public interest groups; the self-censorship of playwrights; and the constraints placed upon producers by public funding bodies and corporate sponsors. They examine the unpredictable outcomes of censorship, deep-seated anxieties about the performative influence of the stage, and the complex questions raised by acts of theatrical censorship and silencing in the context of contemporary debates over civil liberties and freedom of speech
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 196-206) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Theater -- Censorship -- Great Britain.
Theater -- Political aspects -- Great Britain.
Theater -- Great Britain.
Form Electronic book
Author Palgrave Connect (Online service)
LC no. 2009284665
ISBN 0230237010 (electronic bk.)
9780230237018 (electronic bk.)