British playwright, Dennis Kelly, has recently sparked a fierce debate about the power of political theatre. He gave the opening address at the Theatertreffen’s Stückemarkt in Berlin, Germany entitled Why political theatre is a complete fucking waste of time. Given that he is judged to be one of Europe’s leading political playwrights himself, you can see why Kelly’s words have caused a stir.
You can read the text of Kelly’s speech here Why political theatre is a complete fucking waste of time.
However, Matt Trueman, a theatre blogger questions Kelly’s view How polictical theatre changed it’s tune
The decision is yours. I know what I think……I’ll tell you later.