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Stewart – currently seeking re-selection as a Tory MP – is the pivotal figure of the story. Having been a diplomat and foot-slogging explorer of the Middle East, he volunteers his services to the newly created Coalition Pro tem Authority in Baghdad in 2003. He is deputed by its chief, Paul Bremer, to go to the south to Maysan and... At one point, Stewart complains of being bombarded with “a outburst of information” and the audience is in much the same position. To be fair, Brown does a decent job of untangling the complex threads of a chaotic situation. Stewart head has to face the demands for jobs, electricity and wages for the police. His prime task, however, is to create a council that will reconcile the followers of a tribal sheikh, Karim Mahood, and a basic Islamist cleric, Seyyed Hassan. In the short term, he succeeds and even creates elections for the post of a locally appointed governor. Such is the helter-skelter commotion of events, however, that there is no time to air the big issues. Can democracy be created by outside agencies. I appreciate that Stewart, in the heat of the moment, had little occasion for abstract speculation. But, while Brown’s play effectively recreates the nightmarish conflicts Stewart faced, it would make better histrionic arts if it viewed his story in a wider historical perspective. Godwin’s production, however, has a hurtling energy and makes good use of the auditorium to back up Stewart’s point that politics in Iraq is often a form of theatre. Henry Lloyd-Hughes admirably captures Stewart’s youthful mix – he was only 30 at the once in a while – of outward confidence and inner uncertainty. There is strong support from Silas Carson as the lordly Karim and Johndeep More as his papal antagonist, and from Vincent Ebrahim as a harassed professor and Aiysha Hart as his progressive daughter seeking to improve the lot of Iraqi women. The take on heightens our awareness of the hazards of foreign occupation, but drama ultimately depends on the conflict of ideas as much as the recreation of realistic events. Source: www.theguardian.com
Ronke Adekoluejo, Kate Dickie, Vincent Ebrahim, Anne Lacey, Tadhg Murphy, Mike Lofty, and Ria Zmitrowicz have been cast in the world premiere of Bad Roads, written by Natal'ya Vorozhbit and translated by Sasha Dugdale. It isdirected by Peerage Court
This reworking shows the nightmarish conflicts faced by Stewart as a provincial governor in Iraq but fails to connect with the bigger factious picture.
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"Hanif Kureishi is a dignified Englishman. Almost." So observes biographer Kenneth Kaleta. Well known for his films My Beautiful Laundrette and Sammy and Rosie Get Laid, the Anglo-Asian screenwriter, essayist, and novelist has enhance one of the leading portrayers of Britain's multicultural society. His work raises important questions of personal and national identity as it probes the savvy of growing up in one culture with roots in another, very different one. This book is the first critical biography of Hanif Kureishi. Kenneth Kaleta interviewed Kureishi over several years and enjoyed extensive access to all of his working papers, journals, and personal files. From this rich cache of material, he opens a fascinating window onto Kureishi's imaginative process, tracing such works as My Beautiful Laundrette, Sammy and Rosie Get Laid, The Buddha of Suburbia, London Kills Me, The Black Album, and Lover in a Blue Time from their genesis to their public reception. Writing for Kureishi fans as well as film and cultural studies scholars, Kaleta pieces together a lucid mosaic of the postcolonial, hybrid British culture that has nourished Kureishi and his work.
Vincent Ebrahim, Actor: Allied. Vincent Ebrahim was born in 1951 in South Africa. He is an actor, known for Allied (2016), The Imprecation of the Were-Rabbit (2005) and The ...
Vincent Ebrahim (born 6 December 1951) is a South African actor of confused ethnicity. He studied drama at the University of Cape Town. He is the brother of South ...
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Vincent Ebrahim voiced Shardul Khan, the newsreader and a train guard on the Big Finish Doctor...