Playwrights Find Inspiration in Iraqi Quagmire ; HOME
Sengupta, Kim, The Independent (London, England)
A new play about Iraq, with an impressive cast, opened last night, while another had its run extended yesterday and at least half a dozen more productions are on their way.
The continuing carnage is increasingly being addressed here in the same way that Vietnam once inspired the US.
Fallujah, the latest theatre project starring Harriet Walter and Imogen Stubbs, with music by Nitin Sawheny, deals with the siege of the town in 2005 which became a bloody and iconic symbol of occupation, insurgency and destruction in "liberated" Iraq.
Also opening last night was What Andrew Heard, the Andrew being the BBC reporter Andrew Gilligan, whose report on the Today Programme questioning the claim that Iraqi forces could hit British targets in 45 minutes started the chain of events which led to the death of David Kelly, the Hutton Inquiry and resignation of the BBC's chairman and director general.
Meanwhile Called To Account. The Indictment of Anthony Charles Lynton Blair For The Crimes of Aggression Against Iraq - A Hearing, has been granted an extra three weeks at the Tricycle Theatre in London.
These productions follow Black Watch, about the Black Watch regiment which was sent to Camp Dogwood to provide back up for the Americans during the Fallujah siege. Channel 4's docu-drama, The Mark of Cain, about the abuse of Iraqi prisoners by British troops, was broadcast this month.
Fallujah is written and directed by the theatre director Jonathan Holmes, who began working on the project after attending a seminar organised by the peace activist Scilla Elworthy in 2005 addressing how Iraq had descended into a state in anarchy.
Ms Elworthy, thrice-nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, visited Iraq before and after the invasion. The play's dialogue is based on her interviews with dozens of Iraqis, British and Americans. …