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Freedom of Expression Award 2018

The Freedom of Expression Award honours an Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre production of excellent artistic merit that builds understanding and raises awareness about human rights in an inspirational way.

This year 40 longlisted productions will be seen by a team of volunteer reviewers and a panel of professional theatre critics.

Our judging panel will then make the final decision as to which shows will be shortlisted.

The 2018 judging panel is made up of: 

  • Joyce McMillan, columnist and theatre critic for the Scotsman
  • Lyn Gardner, who writes about theatre for The Stage
  • Amy Taylor, theatre critic for The Skinny and the Scottish Review of Books
  • Rishi Trikha who lectures in Theatre and Performance Practice at London Metropolitan University
  • Naomi McAuliffe, Amnesty Scotland Director

Freedom of Expression Award Criteria

To be eligible for consideration for the Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award, the show must:

  1. Demonstrate that human rights is central to the production
  2. Be listed in the theatre, dance or children’s shows section of the 2018 Fringe programme
  3. Have a run of at least 5 days on dates which allow the production to be reviewed before 19 August
  4. Not have been longlisted for the award in previous years
  5. Provide complimentary review tickets for Amnesty International volunteer reviewers and judges

You can download the longlist below. 

For media enquiries, please contact Pauline Kelly or 07818 453070


Freedom of Expression Award 2018 longlist
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