The personal physical tic’s of human nature, expressed through music, movement, dance, lyrics and scripts appears to be ‘the thing’ in theatres across the board at the moment.
I recently saw the intense CAN WE TALK ABOUT THIS? performance by DV8 Contemporary Physical Theatre Company, at the National’s Lyttleton Theatre.
It was annoyingly great. Inventive, creative, sharp, astute, powerful, clever, political, brave.
The piece investigates issues of tolerance, multiculturalism, fundamentalism, freedom of speech, morality, and Islam in a western democracy.
Lloyd Newson who writes the programmes foreword says
“Due to our desire to be tolerant, and perhaps because of post colonial guilt and fear of being labelled racist or Islamaphobic, I feel there is a liberal blind spot, a lack of voices speaking up for some of our most basic freedoms, particularly when it comes to discussing Islam and multiculturalism. Criticising aspects of Islam isn’t a blanket condemnation of a whole religion, nor a denial of a right to practice a faith. ”
“Understandably multicultural policies were initially introduced to combat racism, discrimination, promote cross cultural understanding and encourage a sense of shared citizenship. However, these same policies have also allowed 85 Sharia Councils to operate within Britain. These Councils, or courts, officially do not offer Muslim women the same rights as Muslim men. Why does Britain sanction a parallel quasi-legal system that doesn’t offer Muslim women the same rights it confers on non-Muslim women? Issues like forced marriage, ‘honour-abuse’ and first cousin marriages within Muslim communities are constantly ignored by politicians for fear of upsetting ‘cultural sensitivities’. Have well intended multicultural policies inadvertently ended up betraying the very minorities and freedoms Britain ought to be protecting?”
“In looking at Islam and freedom of speech, particularly in light of landmark incidents in the west, Salman Rushdie’s Satanic Verses, Theo van Gogh’s murder and the Mohammed cartoons, inevitably the topic of multiculturalism arises.”
The curtain opens. . . .“Raise your hand, if you think you’re morally superior to the Taliban.”. . . Only a few dare to.
Why do we find it such a difficult question to answer? Maybe it’s the way the question is presented.
I don’t think I consider myself morally superior to anyone. But I do consider Love and kindness morally superior to hatred and violence every time.
A brilliant thought-provoking must see, for all serious theatre goers!
Atticus finch – “First of all, if you can learn a simple trick, Scout, you’ll get along a lot better with all kinds of folks. You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view, until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.” –To Kill A Mockingbird – by Harper Lee
or as Sharon Creech wrote in her novel Walk Two Moons, “never judge a man until you have walked two moons in his moccasins.”