The Peacock Theatre Festival of Civil Liberties

I am producing a virtual theatre festival, The Peacock Theatre Festival of Civil Liberties, as part of wider solidarity against any such authoritarian creep in the UK and abroad.  The name of the festival derives from the phrase that is used to describe the creep currently occurring in Hungary under Viktor Orban.  As he explains, the Peacock ‘Dance’ is his choreographed negotiations carefully executed which is intended to fool his counterparts across the table.His ‘dance’ posits that after removing 100% of our freedoms, gaining back 80% of these freedoms will feel like ‘normalcy’ with scant realisation that the goalpost have moved.


For the online festival, I am seeking new or previously produced work that addresses this or other such authoritarian creep from the past.  As part of the festival, I am co-facilitating a workshop at Monobox with actors that will explore this subject matter from a performer’s perspective.

Please be in touch if you would be interested in being involved in this project.

About Matthew Hahn

Matthew Hahn is an independent creative producer, playwright, theatre director and theatre for development facilitator specialising in creating theatre for social change, for examining behaviour and for improving communication skills. He works with emerging and established theatre makers and finding new ways for audiences and communities to access art through partnerships. He works both nationally and internationally and has produced work in the United Kingdom, the United States, Italy, Kenya, Ethiopia, Malawi, Ghana, and South Africa. As a theatre for development practitioner, he facilitates interactive and participatory theatre projects focusing on social cohesion, peace-making and conflict resolution. His play, The Robben Island Shakespeare, has been performed in the United Kingdom, United States and South Africa; he regularly facilitates 'Ethical Leadership' Workshops in South Africa based on his interviews with former South African political prisoners and selections from 'The Complete Works of William Shakespeare.' From 2008 to 20018, he was a Senior Lecturer at St Mary’s University, London specializing in theatre for development. From 2006 to 2016, he was a training facilitator with Theatre for a Change, a UK charity which utilizes interactive theatre to train teachers and facilitators on the topics of gender equality and sexual and reproductive health in the United Kingdom and Malawi. Matthew has degrees in Political Science & Journalism from Indiana University (1995) in the United States and is a graduate of the Goldsmiths College Masters in Theatre Directing programme (2002) in the United Kingdom. He trained with the SITI Company in New York (2000) and with Anne Bogart in Dublin, Ireland (2005). He has also trained with the Cardboard Citizens Theatre Company (2005) in London in their Forum Theatre / Joker Training Programme.

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