By David Hare
Directed by Neil Armfield

    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


    Paul Bertram
    Wayne Blair
    Peter Carroll
    Ralph Cotterill
    Russell Dykstra
    John Gaden
    Victoria Haralabidou
    George Henare
    Russell Kiefel
    Rebecca Massey
    Pip Miller
    Rhys Muldoon
    Leah Purcell
    Hazem Shammas
    Greg Stone
    Sandy Winton

    Production images by Heidrun Lohr


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