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The Charlie Question (Je Ne Sais Quoi Theatre)

By | Published on Sunday 27 August 2017

Jonathon Hendry’s ‘The Charlie Question’ is a semi-verbatim piece of theatre, exploring the January 2015 attack on satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo. Aside from a few fictional scenes, the main narrative and text consists of a series of interviews conducted in the UK and France, using Charlie Hebdo as a vehicle for exploring further questions concerning the nature of Free Speech. Theatrically, the production feels a little lacking; the cast mainly acted as narrators, and due to the substantial amount of dialogue, it had the tendency to become a little repetitive and monotonous. Nonetheless, this is undeniably a strong piece of work, which is highly intelligent and raises stimulating and thought-provoking discussion regarding the complexities of Free Speech in our society.

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