Political Patchwork? Regional Experiences of Theatre Censorship

Laura Bradley

in Cooperation and Conflict

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9780199589630
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191595479 | DOI:
Political Patchwork? Regional Experiences of Theatre Censorship

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This chapter explores regional experiences of theatre censorship in the 1960s and 1970s. There were significant regional variations in the way that theatre censorship was practised during this period, even though cultural functionaries were operating within the same regulatory framework. After exploring attempts to improve training and streamline bureaucratic procedures, the chapter investigates differences in working relationships, variations in staff provision and expertise, and sources of inconsistency and confusion in decisions over the repertoire. It asks why a dramatization of Franziska Linkerhand elicited contrasting reactions in different parts of the GDR, and why the Culture Minister intervened to prevent a production of Die Parteibraut in Dresden. The chapter argues that regional variations in decision‐making were often caused by the reluctance of local officials and theatre practitioners to move freely within the parameters set by the central authorities, rather than by attempts to overstep these parameters.

Keywords: GDR regions; cultural functionaries; training; Franziska Linkerhand; Parteibraut

Chapter.  14086 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literary Studies (Plays and Playwrights)

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