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Enduring Freedom
On from 06 Aug 2008 till 30 Aug 2008
Finborough Theatre
by Anders Lustgarten
Genre(s): New Writing, Drama

About: Enduring Freedom

As Tom’s grief forces him to begin to question the post 9/11 orthodoxy, he finds himself not only at odds with his wife, but also with the government itself. In contrast, Susan’s need for comfort and unity forces her to get involved in things she previously didn’t believe. As the neighbours take sides, shock jocks rant, conspiracy theories abound and politicians wave the flag, Tom and Susan are pushed to breaking point as one particular political clique appropriates a nation’s mourning.

More than just a story of one couple’s personal and political journey, Enduring Freedom is also a powerful portrayal of the Bush years and how a climate of repression and fear hijacked the democratic process, undermining the lives of ordinary people.

Playwright Anders Lustgarten’s first play The Insurgents, a comic drama about Kurdish immigration and political resistance to globalisation, was produced as part of a double bill A Letter To England at the Finborough Theatre in 2007, while Enduring Freedom received workshops through the Finborough Theatre’s literary department in both March 2007 and April 2008. Anders is currently also under commission at the Soho Theatre. A British writer of American parentage, Anders has worked as a political activist during which he has found himself barred from British prisons and arrested by the Turkish secret police.

Director Roland Jaquarello has been a Resident Director at the Abbey Theatre Dublin, and Artistic Director of the Lyric Theatre Belfast, the Redgrave Theatre Farnham, the Live Theatre Newcastle, and his own company Green Fields and Far Away which toured Irish work in the UK. He has also worked as a Senior Producer with Radio Drama BBC Northern Ireland. His many productions include After The Fall, All My Sons, The Iceman Cometh, Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, Mrs Warren’s Profession (Lyric Belfast), The School for Scandal , Escurial, Fando and Lis and Picnic On The Battlefield (Abbey Theatre Dublin), Miss Julie, The Exception and The Rule, The Car Cemetery (Welsh Drama Co), A Touch Of The Poet, The Shadow Of A Gunman (Green Fields), George Dandin and The Playboy Of The Western World with Conleth Hill (Redgrave Farnham), Slawomir Mrozek’s Police (Dublin), It’s A Two Foot Six Inches Above The Ground World (National Tour), Androcles and The Lion with Bill Nighy and Julie Walters ( Everyman Liverpool), An Inspector Calls with Jeremy Irons (Peterborough), and Ernst Toller’s Hinkemann with Ray Winstone (Old Red Lion). He has also directed many new plays including Hatchet by Heno Magee (Abbey Theatre Dublin and Half Moon Theatre London, with Colm Meaney), King Herod Advises by Conor Cruise O’Brien (Abbey Theatre Dublin), Ah Well It Won’t Be Long Now! with Zoe Wanamaker (Olympia Dublin), The Ikon Maker by Desmond Hogan (Green Fields tour and Gate London), The Rise and Fall Of Barney Kerrigan by Frank Dunne with Liam Neeson, Culture Vultures by Robin Glendinning and The Butterfly Of Killybegs by Brian Foster (both Lyric Belfast). His work in broadcasting includes work by Brian Friel, Sebastian Barry and John Arden for Radio 3. For Radio 4, his many productions include work by Colm McCann, Gary Mitchell, Kaite O’Reilly, John Arden, Larry Gelbart, Mark Lawson and J.M. Synge. William Trevor’s The Property Of Colette Nervi which he produced was nominated for the Prix Italia Play Section in 1990, and An Enemy Of The People, for Radio 3, recently won an O.Z. Whitehead Award from the Irish Playwrights and Screenwriters Guild for Best Radio Script 2007.

Designer Vanessa Hawkins was nominated for Best Set Design in the Irish Times Theatre Awards for The Butterfly of Killybegs, also directed by Roland Jaquarello, at the Lyric Theatre Belfast. She has also been Art Director on over twenty television drama episodes including Hollyoaks. Her work in film includes Art Director on the short film Weavers Wife directed by David Yates, Designer for BRO9 which won an award for Best Short BFI London, and also for A Pint In Purgatory which won Best International Short in the New York Film Festival 2008.


The Press on Roland Jaquarello

“Excellently directed by Roland Jaquarello.” Time Out on Hatchet.
“The playing in Roland Jaquarello’s production could hardly be better.” The Financial Times on Hatchet.
“Roland Jaquarello’s production has all the right spasms of violence, emotional, restraint and excess and he is served by a superlative cast.” The Guardian on Flashpoint.
“Roland Jaquarello’s excellent revival.”Time Out on Flashpoint.
“Roland Jaquarello’s production captures the drama’s considerable richness.” The Daily Telegraph on Naked.
“Roland Jaquarello’s direction is elegant with a nice touch of the abstract and intelligent performances.” The Times on Thirty Pieces of Silver.
“A splendid production, nicely paced and full of light and shade.” Time Out onThe Man with the Flower in his Mouth.
“Roland Jaquarello’s production strikes a fine and courageous equation between art and political engagement.”The Times on Culture Vultures.
“This fine production by Roland Jaquarello.” The Times on After the Fall.
“’Roland Jaquarello’s fine and steady production.’’ The Times on The Iceman Cometh

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