What I Heard About Iraq (3 stars)


This article is from 2006.

This vigorously performed verbatim play tackles the thorny, tragic issue of Iraq through hearsay. Adapted by American playwright Simon Levy from political and cultural essayist Elliot Weinberger’s eponymous article for the London Review of Books, the dialogue is culled from comments and statements made by American soldiers, Iraqi citizens, journalists, politicians and military commanders over the three years since the US invasion began. The quotes and facts dispensed here - by a cast of five who spit their lines like bullets - are, of course, damning of the conflict. And they reopen the wounds of the war and remind us, in the face of belligerent governments and tired media coverage, the horrific wrongdoing continues unchecked and unabated. (Miles Fielder)

Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, until 28 Aug (not 16), 2.20pm, £9.50 (£8).

This article is from 2006.


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