TALKING TO TERRORISTS by Robin Soans – Australian Premiere Season
EMU PRODUCTIONS presents Robin Soans’ TALKING TO TERRORISTS
23 May – 3 June, 2017
Preview Tuesday 23 May, 2017 .
Opening Night 24th May , 2017.
Wednesday Friday Saturday @ 7:30pm
Thursday school matinees @ 10:30am 25 May & 1 June
$35/ $30/ $27 for group bookings of 10 +/ $22 School students
23 May – 3 June, 2017
Talking to Terrorists by Robin Soans. First performed at the Theatre Royal, Bury St. Edmunds, England, on 21 April 2005. The play is written in the style of verbatim theatre where all of the dialogue is taken from real interviews and then recreated on stage. The play discusses the importance of resolving terrorism not with violence or conflict, but with negotiations and peaceful discussions.
Robin Soans took a year to write Talking to Terrorists, he wanted to bring light to an important issue he discovered while undertaking interviews. He mentions in the preface to his play that a relief worker had arrived at a village which had been recently destroyed. When the relief worker talked with the villagers, the relief worker discovered that the villagers were not angry because they were hungry and homeless, but because they had a story that no one would listen to. The relief worker mentioned to Soans, “A huge part of what we call terrorism arises from no-one listening.” Soans wanted to emphasise not just the unheard stories of former terrorists throughout the play, but he wanted the audience to hear the tales of everyone involved and affected by terrorism.
Australian Premiere Season.
Talking to Terrorists is a play commissioned by the Royal Court and Out of Joint in 2005. The writer Robin Soans, director Max Stafford – Clark, and actors interviewed people from around the world who have been affected by or involved in terrorism. They wanted to know what makes ordinary people do extreme things, often at a shockingly young age. The people they met, several of whom have asked not to be named, spoke candidly and often bravely.
Peacemakers, journalists and hostages. Significant figures from recent history. And those who have crossed the line. Their stories take us from Africa, Israel, Turkey, Iraq and Ireland to the heart of the British Establishment.
‘One story we heard seemed particularly significant. A relief- worker told us of arriving at a large village which had been completely destroyed. The people there were angry not because they had nothing to eat and nowhere to live but because non-one had listened to their story of what had happened. “A huge part of what we call terrorism arises from non- one listing,” she said.’ Robin Soans & Max Stafford- Clarke.
Directed by Markus Weber
Production design: EMU Arts
Film shorts: Kodie Amos
Producers: EMU Productions and KING STREET THEATRE