Performance: Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas

Professor Jolyon Mitchell and Dr Lesley Orr will feature 'Ploughs into ploughshares' in Edinburgh's Festival Fringe.

 Is it possible to create conversations about peace which emerge out of the weapons, symbols and images of violence? This challenge has been at the heart of the Centre for Theology and Public Issues research project, The Peacebuilding Through Media and Arts Project.

The CTPI Director Professor Jolyon Mitchell and Dr Lesley Orr (Duncan Forrester Fellow at CTPI) are getting ready to take it to the Yurt @The Stand in St Andrew’s Square during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Curated by Beltane Public Engagement Network, The Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas is a platform for academics to debate their work, literally in the public square. The concept of the shows is simple: to get research out to the masses, beyond the university walls. Academics from different universities and organisations come together to create, write and perform individual shows, presenting and discussing provocative and ‘dangerous’ topics.

Jolyon and Lesley have survived the CODI bootcamps and will be in the yurt on Saturday 22 August at 3 pm.

Joined by compere and agent provocateur Susan Morrison, and with plenty of opportunities for audience participation, they’ll explore whether and how swords truly can be transformed into ploughshares, and arms into art.

Put yourself in the frame and get your tickets soon – only £8/£7!

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