Monday, February 23, 2009

Artists to protest in London

Protest organised by East End artists at refusal of right of reply by National
Theatre to racist play

National Theatre refuses to debate racist play ENGLAND PEOPLE VERY NICE with East
End artists

Artists from the East End will be holding a protest outside the National Theatre at
5pm on Friday 27th February in the run up to the platform discussion at 6pm with
Richard Bean, the writer of the play. At a meeting on Friday 20th February
Nicholas Hytner, the boss of the National, refused to organise a proper joint debate
in the next few weeks on a play that is anti-irish, anti-Bangladeshi and

Playwright Hussain Ismail, who will be leading the campaign, said: “Hytner is
scared of a debate. We are from the East End and we know that it is the most
multicultural place in the world. Brick Lane in particular is the centre of the
multicultural universe. It’s the coolest place on the earth and that’s why people
come from all over the world to hang out there. Bean and Hytner haven’t got a clue
about the East End. That’s why the play is bonkers!”

“We want a right of reply – a proper debate – not a 40 minute platform discussion
where the director just asks some bland questions to the writer and we all go home.
We want a vigorous and robust debate with Bean and Hytner with the media and public
present on mass.”

Organisers of the protest are asking everybody to come celebrate multicultural
London and demand that East End artists have the right to a debate, and challenge
misrepresentation of their communities. They are asking protesters to bring whistles
and drums to stand up for multiculturalism.

Protest details: 5pm 27th February

National Theatre, Southbank, London SE1 9PX

Embankment and Waterloo tube.

For more information contact.

Hussain Ismail

07890 324 552

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