Nicolas Kent will direct the world premiere of Tactical Questioning: Scenes from the Baha Mousa Inquiry, edited by Richard Norton-Taylor. The production, which examines the British Army's handling of detainees in Iraq and the death of Baha Mousa in 2003, will run at the Tricycle Theatre from 2 June until 2 July, with press night on 6 June 2011. Designs are by Polly Sullivan, with lighting by Charlie Hayday and sound and projections by Ed Borgnis. Casting will be announced shortly. Tactical Questioning: Scenes from the Baha Mousa Inquiry follows the success of the Tricycle's previous eight Tribunal Plays including Kent and Norton-Taylor's last collaboration Called To Account : The Indictment of Anthony Charles Blair for the Crime of Aggression Against Iraq.
On 14 September 2003, at the Haitham Hotel in Basra, Iraq, Baha Mousa and nine others were arrested by the British Army as suspected insurgents. Two days later Baha Mousa was dead. A post-mortem examination revealed that he had suffered from asphyxiation and had received at least 93 injuries to his body whilst in the Army's custody. In 2008 the Secretary of State for Defence announced a public inquiry into Baha Mousa's death and the treatment of those detained with him.
Tactical Questioning: Scenes from the Baha Mousa Inquiry brings together scenes from the public inquiry which examined the shocking events that took place over those two days of detention and the British Army's treatment of detainees. The Tricycle's production is staged following the oral hearings completed in October last year and before Sir William Gage publishes his final report and recommendations this summer.
Nicolas Kent, Artistic Director of the Tricycle Theatre, has most recently directed Greta Garbo Came to Donegal and the critically acclaimed trilogy The Great Game: Afghanistan. The Great Game premiered at the Tricycle in 2009 and returned in 2010 for a limited run before embarking on a US Tour. In February this year The Pentagon commissioned two performances of the trilogy which were performed in Washington DC. Other productions Kent has directed as Artistic Director of the Tricycle include The Great White Hope, which he also staged for the Royal Shakespeare Company, Trouble in Mind, Wine in the Wilderness, A Love Song for Ulster, Macbeth, 10 Rounds, the 20th anniversary production of Mustapha Matura's Playboy of the West Indies, Walk Hard-Talk Loud, How Long Is Never?, Darfur A Response and The War Next Door. He has directed all the Tricycle Tribunal Plays and the controversial Called To Account in which Tony Blair was put on trial for crimes of aggression against Iraq. His television directing credits include The Workshop, Pentecost, Sharing Time, Colour of Justice, Justifying War and Half the Picture. In 2006 Kent received an Evening Standard award for ‘pioneering political theatre' and last year received the Liberty Human Rights Arts award.
Richard Norton-Taylor joined The Guardian in 1975 as their Europe correspondent based in Brussels and since 1998 he has been Security Affairs Editor. He wrote Half The Picture with John McGrath, Scenes from the Scott inquiry which was presented at the Tricycle, the Houses of Parliament and on BBC2, and won a Freedom of Information Campaign Award and Time Out Drama Award. Since then he has edited most of the tribunal plays at the Tricycle including: Nuremberg, The Colour of Justice (Time Out Award), Justifying War, Bloody Sunday (winner of the 2006 Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre) and Called To Account - all of which were later broadcast by the BBC.
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