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A Forum on Theatre and the Public Good - Monday 28th May 2012

Picture: Chichester Festival Theatre
Chichester Festival Theatre

6.30pm in the Cathedral Nave
Free Entry
All are Welcome

"It (Chichester Festival Theatre) will be, like this Cathedral, concerned with  the human scene. (....) We need that we may take notice and enjoy, sometimes pricking us into consciousness, lest we sleep."  (The Right Reverend Roger Wilson quoted pp 137 - 138 in 'The Impossible Theatre', by Leslie Evershed-Martin).

With these words 50 years ago, the then Lord Bishop of Chichester described an affinity in purpose between the Cathedral and the Chichester Festival Theatre, which was soon to open.  It is this affinity which both institutions wish to champion and explore further in A Forum on Theatre and the Public Good.

This event is taking place as part of Chichester Festival Theatre's 50th Anniversary celebrations.  The Dean of Chichester, The Very Reverend Nicholas Frayling, will host this forum with distinguished actor and director Dame Janet Suzman, Professor Joe Winston from the University of Warwick and writer and director John Burgess.

Janet Suzman will lead the discussion with a key note address.  Suzman is the celebrated South African born actress and director, who has also received distinction for her sustained challenge of injustice and oppression in her native country, throughout her life and through her work.  She directs Chichester Festival Theatre's final Festival 2012 production, Antony & Cleopatra in September, which features Kim Cattrall and Michael Pennington in the title roles.

Joe Winston is a Professor of Drama and Theatre Education and Director of Research Degrees at the University of Warwick.  He has written extensively on primary/middle school drama and on drama's relationship with moral education.  Joe has a national and international reputation as a theatre workshop leader and for his work developing the use of theatre skills with primary school teachers.

John Burgess is a theatre director who for many years has been associated with the development of new writing and new writers.  In 1984 he helped found the National Theatre Studio, its experimental and development wing, and was head of New Writing at the National Theatre 1989 - 1994, responsible for commissioning and programming new work in all three theatres on the South Bank.

The event is free and not ticketed, although visitors are advised to arrive early to ensure they can get a seat.  For more information about Chichester Festival Theatre 50th Anniversary events, go to

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