Lifting the Curtain: Theatre and censorship

Sir Richard Eyre and playwrights Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti, Ella Hickson and Gillian Slovo, explore the development of British playwriting since the end of censorship in 1968.


Man is least himself when he talks in his own person,’ wrote Oscar Wilde. ‘Give him a mask and he will tell the truth.’ During the National Portrait Gallery’s exhibition ‘Gillian Wearing and Claude Cahun: behind the mask, another mask’ the RSL co-hosts a discussion about how masks can both hide and reveal.

Coming Out

Fifty years since the decriminalisation of homosexuality, Dean Atta, Neil Bartlett and Maureen Duffy talk about how changing attitudes to homosexuality have been reflected in literature and performance.