Occupational Hazards at the Hampstead Theatre
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Hampstead Theatre presents the world premiere of Occupational Hazards.
Based on Rory Stewart’s critically acclaimed memoir Occupational Hazards, Stephen Brown’s new play tells an extraordinary story about the moral conflicts, the dangers and the comic absurdities inherent in any foreign occupation.
Simon Godwin makes his Hampstead directorial debut. His recent credits include Man and Superman, starring Ralph Fiennes, Strange Interlude, starring Anne Marie-Duff and Twelfth Night starring Tamsin Greig (all at the National Theatre).
Occupational Hazards will run on 28 April 2017 until 3 June 2017 at Hampstead Theatre.
September 2003. Rory Stewart, a thirty year old former British diplomat, is posted to serve as governor in a province of the newly liberated Iraq. His job is to help build a new civil society at peace with itself and its neighbours – an ambitious mission, admittedly, but outperforming Saddam should surely not prove too difficult…
Yet, freedom from repressive tyranny has allowed centuries of tribal conflict, sectarian tension and ethnic division to burst into the open once more. These sharp local realities plunge Stewart into a dangerous whirlpool of political intrigue in which the double-dealing of opposing interest groups creates intensifying confusion and chaos. As pressure for a settlement mounts from all sides he comes to realise that all politics is indeed local, and that Washington may have to rethink its dreams of Iraqi democracy.
To be announced.
Written by Stephen Brown. Directed by Simon Godwin