Based on the critically acclaimed memoir Occupational Hazards by Rory Stewart, the extraordinary tales of moral conflict, danger and amusing absurdities that come with the territory of any foreign occupation are examined in Stephen Brown’s new play adaptation. Brown is known for his stage adaptation of James Gleick’s book Faster, that premiered at the Battersea Arts Centre, before a run at the Lyric Hammersmith and a national and international tour. His own play, Future Me, premiered at Theatre 503 in 2007, and played in Berkeley and New York before a tour of the UK.
Henry Lloyd-Hughes returns to the Hampstead Theatre after his performance in Tiger Country in 2011 to take on the role of Rory. He is joined by Nezar Alderazi, Waj Ali, Silas Carson, Amy Cudden, Vangelis Christodoulou, Vincent Ebrahim, Aishya Hart, John Mackay and Johndeep More.
In September of 2003, the 30 year old Rory Stewart was posted to serve in the newly liberated Iraq as a governor. The former British diplomat was recruited to help establish a civil society who could go about their lives at peace with their neighbours… A rather ambitious mission, though outperforming Saddam should be well within their reach. Stewart finds himself in a dangerous situation of political intrigue with an ever-growing sense of confusion and chaos. As he grapples with pressure from all sides, he comes to the realisation that local politics and be more encompassing than the bigger picture, and that perhaps the political quests from Washington may need to be rethought.
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