This is, by some distance, the most urgent and important stage production now running in London.

And it says something about the timidity of our theatres and our dramatists that this daring debate about Islamic extremism, multiculturalism and freedom of speech is being presented by the dance and physical theatre company DV8, rather than by a more conventional stage outfit.

There appears to have been an alarming amount of self-censorship by the theatrical establishment in tackling these issues, either because they fear being accused of racism, or because simply to raise the matter could expose them to genuine danger from angry Muslims.

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