So you think you’re not political

You don't have to be dealing with overtly controversial issues to create work that agitates and activates.
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‘Poetry makes nothing happen,’ claimed W.H. Auden.

Yet, points out playwright Noelle Janaczewska, writers are killed and imprisoned for their words, ‘From the Ancient Greeks to Shakespeare; the living newspapers of Russia, the revolutionary operas of North Korea; from Brecht to Caryl Churchill’s Seven Jewish Children to Tina Fey channelling, Sarah Palin the stage has long been a place where political issues are aired, explored, asserted and satirised.’

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Christine Long
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Christine Long is a Sydney freelance journalist.