Guest Blog: Hassan Govia on BIGOT

In this blog post, Hassan Govia of Unshaded Arts asks what fuels are beliefs, what triggers are offence and ultimately whether we have the right to think as individuals. 

BIGOT is arrives at CPT on Sunday 3 November at 7.15pm. Click here to learn more.

Does calling someone else a ‘bigot’ make you a bigot because you can’t accept that they’re a bigot?

Confused? You should be.

And given the mind-boggling way in which our show chooses to tackle this question, you probably will be.

Much like the question itself, Bigot is a play that capitalises on wordplay and absurdism to interrogate the cyclical nature of disagreements and explore the base stimuli behind human feelings and intentions, especially ego.

Why do we believe what we believe? And what fuels the strength of those beliefs?

Do we choose to feel offended?

Can we harmoniously co-exist in a world where everyone has radically opposing opinions?

Do we have the right to punish others for having differing (and arguably more contentious) beliefs to our own?

While these issues span throughout the entirety of human existence, the timeliness of our piece centres around the role social media plays in exacerbating the sensitivities of today’s society, scrutinising the impact of cancel culture in reducing our right to expressing an opinion.

Does social media empower you with the freedom to speak, or the freedom to trend?

In matters of internet trolling, is one guilty by association?

Can you be a victim and a perpetrator at the same time?

In Bigot, these considerations are honed in on through the experience of two characters, identified only by their opposing standpoints to one another, who are forced to put their differences aside and stand up to their online abusers. After watching the events unfold, you may leave with more questions than answers, but any answers you discover will hopefully be through the freedom of your own thinking.

After all, we have the right to think as individuals… don’t we?