Saturday, February 21, 2009

Neilson's play will defy Malta ban

A production of Anthony Neilson's play Stitching will be staged at a venue in Malta yet to be announced, reports The Times Of Malta, despite a decision by the country's Board of Classification to ban it.

There's been plenty of opposition to the ban in the Maltese press, including this article in Malta Today and an editorial in the Times Of Malta.
Culture Minister Dolores Cristina said freedom of expression was a basic human right but, like every other right, not absolute. Which is exactly why Stitching should be staged - it is not defamatory, and does not incite racial hatred or violence. It is just a shocking play aimed at an adult audience.
On The Guardian's Theatre Blog, Andrew Haydon has encouraged people to join a Facebook group opposing the ban.

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