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Can We Talk About This? - NT (Lyttelton)

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

FOLLOWING a world tour, Can We Talk About This?, a work conceived and directed by Lloyd Newson, receives its London premiere at the National’s Lyttelton Theatre, where it runs from March 12 (previews from March 9) to March 28, 2012.

A co-production with DV8 Physical Theatre, Can We Talk About This? examines how events such as the 1989 book burnings of Salman Rusdie’s The Satanic Verses, the murder of filmmaker Theo Van Gogh and the controversy of the ‘Muhammad cartoons’ in 2005, have reflected and influenced multicultural policies, freedom of speech and censorship.

Can We Talk About This? is based on real voices and interviews with leading figures from across the religious, political, cultural and social spectrum, including MPs, high profile authors and journalists.

The cast comprises Joy Constantinides, Lee Davern, Kim-Jomi Fischer, Ermira Goro, Hannes Langolf, Samir M’Kirech, Christina May, Seeta Patel, Anwar Russell and Ira Mandela Siobhan.

The production is designed by Anna Fleischle, with lighting by Beky Stoddart and video design by Tom Reid.

Physical dance company DV8 (www.dv8.co.uk), which tours extensively, has made 16 works and won 48 awards since its inception in 1986, including a Grand Prix de Danse, an International Emmy for Performing Arts, a Rose d’Or and three Prix Italia. DV8 previously visited the Lyttelton with Just for Show (2005) and To Be Straight With You (2008).