Presented by arrangement with the National Theatre of Great Britain
On April 11, 2003, while Baghdad was being pillaged in the aftermath of invasion, the American Secretary of Defense held a press conference at which he said, “Stuff happens… and it’s untidy, and freedom’s untidy, and free people are free to make mistakes and commit crimes and do bad things.”
David Hare (My Zinc Bed, The Judas Kiss) takes Rumsfeld’s comments as the starting point for his odyssey into the heart of the reasons for the invasion of Iraq. Transcripts from articles and press conferences are fused with real dialogue collected in personal interviews.
In Neil Armfield’s epic production, a large cast took us on an urgent and exhilarating ride from the Oval Office to the streets of Baghdad to the inevitable outcome.
By David Hare
Directed by Neil Armfield
Set Designer Brian Thomson
Costume Designer Jennifer Irwin
Lighting Designer Damien Cooper
Composer Alan John
Trumpets Phil Slater & Scott Tinkler
Sound Designer Jeremy Silver
Assistant Director Tommy Murphy
Director Neil Armfield’s splendidly realised production is clear, purposeful and near-seamless.
Stone is outstanding as Bush… Rhys Muldoon’s depiction of the politely desperate Blair is brilliant… Dykstra is memorably manipulative as Rumsfeld as is Russel Kiefel as the ludicrously repugnant Cheney.Sydney Morning Herald
Part of the pleasure of watching Neil Armfield’s excellent production is watching one of the best large casts assembled in Sydney for many years. It’s a strongly imaginative arena for political and diplomatic struggles, but it also reminds us that somewhere else there is a war going on.The Australian