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Aftermath at the Old Vic Tunnels from 8 July 2010
Aftermath by Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen, at the Old Vic Tunnels*, from 8 to 17 July 2010.
Part of LIFT 2010; London International Festival of Theatre, this is documentary theatre based on interviews conducted with thirty five Iraqi civilians displaced by the violence of war, and driven to seek refuge in Jordan. A cast of nine portray the experiences of an extraordinary cross section of Iraqi society six and a half years after the US invasion, from the voice of an Imam imprisoned in Abu Ghraib to the victim of a car bombing, a young mother and a Shiite couple forced to flee after pressure to inform on their Sunni neighbours. The result vividly brings to life the realities of wartime, its innocent victims, and the appalling carnage of conflict.
Cast includes Fajer Al-Kaisi, Amir Arison, Leila Buck , Maha Chehlaoui , Demonthenes Chrysan, Daoud Heidami, Laith Nakli, Omar Koury, Rasha Zamamiri.
Directed by Jessica Blank, designed by Richard Hoover, lighting by David Lander, sound by David Robbins.
It is produced by New York Theatre Workshop Production, produced by ArKtype in association with Amnesty International.
*In February 2010, The Old Vic acquired Tunnels 228-332 from Lambeth Council, an innovative performance space beneath Waterloo Station. The unique venue will showcase productions, performances and installations in 2010 and will be home to a series of innovative and surprising arts events.