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An Interview With Gaddafi - Waterloo East Theatre

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

REGGIE Adams’ An Interview With Gaddafi receives its world premiere at Waterloo East Theatre, where it runs from June 5 (previews from June 3) to June 29, 2014.

This dramatisation, based on real events from the Libyan regime change, is told through the eyes of the fictitious veteran journalist Bellamy Johan, who gives a behind-the-scenes insight into the inner workings of the mainstream media.

The result is a heartfelt and emotional bumpy road that throws a spotlight on geo-politics and questions everything we thought we knew about democracy, capitalism, global finance and political spin.

Through a series of film-enhanced visuals and with a multi-character cast of four (plus four more on film) a very dramatic personal experience is achieved, but audiences also emerge from the play with greater powers of political awareness. It’s one part drama, one part political message and two parts pure entertainment.

Speaking about the play, Reggie Adams said:

‘‘The idea of this play is to take a political situation that we all saw unfold and then shine the light on the elements that we don’t normally get to see, where there has been political manipulation of the mainstream narrative, where there are underlying hidden commercial factors at work and where there are issues of global importance that we are not having a conversation about, such as our notion of democracy or the global money system or the structure of the UN and more.

“I’m hoping that this play will open up conversation and debate or at least heighten the awareness for the audience the next time they turn on the news.’’

Reggie Adams is a political journalist and campaigner. He’s the author of Now Utopia, a work on political philosophy and macro-economics, which has become the manifesto for the UK’s Humanist Party. More of his plays, including a musical and an opera, are scheduled for production in 2014/15 through the production company Future Social Theatre (www.futuresocialtheatre.com/).

Times: Tuesday to Saturday, 7.30pm to 9.30pm; Sundays, 4pm to 6pm.