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The Al-Qaeda Terrorist Leader Tells His Story in New Play
Notorious terrorist leader Osama Bin Laden may not seem the obvious choice of subject for a stage play. But that has not deterred the people behind Knaļve Theatre who have put together this multi-award-winning production which is bizarrely and provocatively entitled Bin Laden: The One Man Show. This thought-provoking play now arrives at the Lichfield Garrick theatre on Saturday 3 November fresh from its successful tour of the United States as well as a critically acclaimed run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Bin Laden: The One Man Show
The al-Qaeda founder is the subject of Bin Laden: The One Man Show

Bin Laden, who was killed at his compound in Pakistan in May 2011 by United States Navy Seals, was the world's most notorious terrorist, having founded the al-Qaeda terrorist organisation that was responsible for the September 11 attacks on America, as well as numerous other terrorist acts around the world. In this production, Bin Laden tells his own story. But the twist is that Knaive Theatre's Bin Laden is 28 years old, white, British, and charming as cream teas in summer. With populist rhetoric playing an ever-increasing role in Western politics, Knaļve Theatre's Tyrrell Jones and Sam Redway pry apart what it is that draws us to follow demagogues, asking if the world's most wanted terrorist might have been more persuasive than we ever imagined. They ask audiences to re-examine their own information and prejudices from a naļve perspective, just as the company have.

Osama bin Laden
A portrait of Osama bin Laden from around 1997. By Hamid Mir, CC BY-SA 3.0,

Knaļve Theatre are Supported Artists at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester, and since touring the US have redeveloped the show with the help of the theatre's creative team, ready for the company's first national tour. Having provoked important and timely debate surrounding Middle East conflict and the 'war on terror' internationally, they are now bringing that discussion to a national audience. In Edinburgh, the show played to frequently sold out houses, bringing together ex-Kurdish Peshmerga fighters, British Muslims, Donald Trump supporters, former advisors to President Bill Clinton, and people who knew Bin Laden personally for a compelling debate after the show.

Bin Laden: The One Man Show
Bin Laden: The One Man Show comes to Lichfield on November 3

Bin Laden: The One Man Show will be at the Lichfield Garrick's studio theatre on Saturday 3rd November at 7.45pm. Tickets costing £17 for adults and £15 (students) are available from the theatre online or by calling the box office on 01543 412121. It then goes to the Mercury Theatre Studio in Colchester from November 9 to 11.
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Why? Thought-provoking Play About Bin Laden
When: Saturday 3 November
Phone: 01543 412121
Where: Lichfield Garrick, Castle Dyke, Lichfield WS13 6HR
Cost: Tickets £17 adults, £15 students
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