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Bin Laden: The One Man Show (Knaive Theatre)

By | Published on Friday 25 August 2017

Walking in to a set-up that initially appeared to be a tea and biscuit convention was certainly unexpected, but this is just one of the many ways in which our preconceptions are cleverly challenged by this production. Actor and writer Sam Readway takes on the role of Osama Bin Laden with an honest conviction and, with flipchart at the ready, he attempts to navigate us through the six steps to “changing the world”. The writing is intelligent, dealing with both Bin Laden’s own personal life and the wider issues concerning the complexities of Middle Eastern/Western politics. Although theatrically this is not the most sophisticated production, it still makes for incredibly important viewing. An ambitious piece of theatre, which boldly tackles provocative issues and, ultimately, opens up a vital discussion.

C, until 28 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Amy Bonar]