Innocent until proven guilty? Not here you’re not.
Khalid likes football, hip hop, computer games and has a big crush on a girl – like any other teenage boy. Except being a young Muslim in the aftermath of 9/11 can be very dangerous. Snatched in the middle of the night he is thrown into a nightmare world in which he is presumed guilty. Alone, afraid and far from home, will he have the strength to survive? Guantanamo Boy asked difficult questions about how we balance human rights and national security – and what happens if we get the balance wrong. For this production, the audience sat within a caged environment, and as a result provided an immersive experience for audiences right into the heart of the ‘war on terror’ seen through the eyes of one boy.
A Brolly production which toured nationally as part of Half Moon presents.
The production was accompanied by a digital platform – www.findkhalid.com – that allowed young people to learn about the wider political context that led to Khalid’s detention and featured ‘talking heads’ from leading advocacy organisations such as Amnesty International and the Human Rights Lawyers Association.
“…A fast-moving piece that packs a great deal into its hour playing time…imaginatively mounted by director Dominic Hingorani and designer Rachana Jadhav, it is played with feeling.” British Theatre Guide
“Rachana Jadhav’s clever set uses movable screens, sometimes diagonally across the corners of the playing space and sometimes bisecting the space to evoke prison bars…and there’s a great deal of deliberately very uncomfortable noise…this is intimate, almost televisual theatre and Khela is good as the distraught, anguished, terrified Khalid. ..there’s a great deal to admire in this show which asks very searching questions about human rights.” What’sonStage
“The staging and performances are very fresh…Hingorani’s multi media production is engagingly immersive. The detention scenes are nightmarish, but best of all are the earlier scenes evoking Khalid at home with Mum or dropping a beat or kicking a ball with a pal. In this context, the sweetly ordinary has at least as much power to move as the Kafakesque extraordinary.” Metro