(Billington’s article ran in the Guardina, 3/27.)

"Does political theatre ever have any impact?" That, more or less, was the question that came from the floor during my session with David Hare during the Guardian Open Weekend. I replied that it was pointless to expect political theatre to topple governments or provoke legislation. What it can do, I suggested, is inform, illuminate, entertain, raise awareness: sometimes, if we're lucky, all at once. "I'm glad you answered that," said Hare afterwards. "It comes up at every forum I do. I'm starting to run outof replies."


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