Barbican Debates

A series of discussion events inspired by Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, As You Like It and Measure for Measure.

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Only the fool speaks the truth

Saturday 9 November, 10.30am - 11.30am

To what extent can comedy effect real change? Comedians Jessica Fostekew, Ayesha Hazarika and Bethany Black discuss.

  • Jessica Fostekew (Chair)

  • Ayesha Hazarika

  • Bethany Black

Defend the right to offend?

Saturday 23 November, 10.15am - 11.15am

Free speech can make for uncomfortable listening. Do we have an ethical responsibility to censor the problematic? Or is addressing difficult issues through culture effective in our recognising of right and wrong? Join our panel of experts as they discuss.

After the debate, Nesrine Malik will be signing copies of her book “We Need New Stories” on the mezzanine level of the Barbican Centre. Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the Barbican shop.

  • Jo Clifford (Chair)

  • Inua Ellams

  • Nesrine Malik

Tickets cost £10.

You can book tickets online by clicking the links above, by phoning the RSC Ticket Hotline on 01789 331111, or by calling into the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.