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Occupational Hazards

Closed June 3, 2017

It's democracy. Everyone is equally unhappy. It's the defining feature of the system

Why See Occupational Hazards?

A world premiere production!

A political intrigue that could outdo the chaos of today's White House, this new play by Stephen Brown, is based on the memoirs of British diplomat Rory Stewart, was was given the seemingly easy task of governing post-war Iraq. All he had to do was maintain the peace, right? Wrong. What he faced was a conflagration of tribal differences, ethnic tension and sectarian violence from the deposed leaders of the Saddam regime. Freedom from tyranny was supposed to be peaceful - what this governor faced was anything BUT peaceful, when faced with political machinations from all sides, even all the way from Washington!

Occupational Hazards reviews an extraordinary story about the morality of distant conflicts, the dangers and the comic absurdities that crop up when occupying a foreign country, and the many conflicting interests of the victors that cause utter chaos. Director Simon Godwin marks his Hampstead directorial debut following recent hits for the ,including Man and Superman, starring Ralph Fiennes and Strange Interlude, starring Anne Marie-Duff.

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Opening night: 28 April 2017


Suitable for ages 12+

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Written by Rory Stewart
Adapted by Stephen Brown
Directed by Simon Godwin

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