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‘Hugely funny, touching and tremendously important’ – The Independent


Behzti rocked the world of theatre when it was cancelled after violent protests in Birmingham. The play’s closure sparked an international debate about offence and freedom of expression.


In 2005, Behzti won the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize for the best play written by a woman in the English language.


In 2006, the play was translated into French and did sell-out tours in France and Belgium. It was translated into Italian and performed in Bari in 2012.


The play inspired Index on Censorship to publish a comprehensive case study about freedom of expression in the arts. Beyond Belief – theatre, freedom of expression and public order.

Behzti - Independent Article