Tim Minchin: It's absurd to question the power of theatre to tell important political stories
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Comedian and musician Tim Minchin said it is “absurd” to question the power of artists to provide political and social comment. The Australian star said all forms of art play a crucial role in sharing stories, no matter what the subject matter is. His comments came as his own London production, Groundhog Day, based on the 1993 Bill Murray film, scooped the prize for best new musical at the Olivier Awards last Sunday evening. “I think the arts do have a responsibility to tell real stories,” he said. “There is no point trying to define what art is for, but when people say things like ‘you’re just a musician, shut up’, or ‘you’re just a liberal snowflake, what do you know?’ I wonder, how do these people not understand that art and intent, art and political voice, art and social activism are the same thing? “It’s absurd to think that art shouldn’t be allowed to speak.”
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