We staged Anthony Neilson's wonderful play during the Dublin Fringe
Festival in 1998, wherein it was nominated for both Inspiration
Award and Best Actress Award by the Culture Ireland judges of the
Sunday Times. Darren Donohue played the Censor, Kate Pierce played
Miss Fontaine and Anna swords-Murphy played the Censor's Wife. Peter
Excerpts from reviews:
"A woman directs a hardcore pornographic movie and
then arrives in the Censor's office to plead its artistic merit.
She speaks of sex as an infinitely subtle language, points out
subtexts where he sees only plumbing. She reads him like a book
- or a blue movie - diagnosing his fetishes, his failed marriage,
the myopic voyeurism that traps him in his Censor's basement.
Ultimately, through actions as much as words, she persuades him
of the magnificent complexity of sex and of its revolutionary
powers as a communicative medium. Anthony Neilson's play is a
powerful piece of theatre."
- Gerry Mc Carthy, 'The Sunday Times'
"Crooked House Theatre's production of Anthony Neilson's The Censor
is a frank but very effective presentation. […] The play's treatment
of taboos on porn, sexual inhibitions, infidelity and censorship
are superbly dealt with and there are excellent performances.
This is a controversial, even shocking play of the kind you are
unlikely to see outside of the Fringe. So try to see it."
- Tom Corcoran, Aertel, RTE