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Arcola's first RSC co-production based on the book by Can Dündarook, #WeAreArrested
by Can Dündar Adapted by Pippa Hill and Sophie Ivatts Directed by Sophie Ivatts Arcola’s first co-production with the Royal Shakespeare Company is a vital story about the cost of reporting the truth in the age of fake news. When a journalist is sent a flash-drive containing critical evidence of illegal government activity, he is duty-bound to publish the story. But with the nation destabilised and divided, a sinister power is eroding the rule of law. What price will he pay for speaking out? #WeAreArrested is a gripping play about fighting for truth in a network of lies. Adapted from the book by Can Dündar, who was arrested for publishing footage of Turkish State Intelligence sending weapons into Syria, this deeply personal and universal story finds urgent new life as authoritarian politics spread across the globe. The editor of the country’s most esteemed national newspaper receives an astonishing piece of film footage one morning. It proves that the president is secretly smuggling weapons into a neighbouring country. The public and the parliament are unaware that they are being drawn into an international war. He decides to publish the pictures. The resulting uproar changes his life forever. He is arrested by the government on charges of espionage and imprisoned indefinitely in solitary confinement. Leaving behind his wife and son, he relies on the power of his imagination to get him through his imprisonment. He finds ways to get around the prison’s ban on colour, to smuggle out articles for publication; he resists his captors with mischievous perseverance. Finally, he is released but the government’s grip on the country’s media and its legal system makes his bid for a fair hearing more challenging still. This play is adapted from Can Dündar’s beautiful book: We Are Arrested The true story of a journalist’s commitment to expose the truth in the face of huge personal risks. This deeply moving play is a tribute to the bravery of journalists under threat around the globe.
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Rated 5 out of 5 (14 Reviews)
  • Review Avatar Nov 23, 2019

    Absolutely blown away by the performance, acting & plot! I would highly recommend it and be prepared to shed a tear or two!!! ??

  • Review Avatar Nov 24, 2019

    This is a brilliant production. Great acting and a powerful account of the intimidation of the press not just in Turkey but around the world.

  • Review Avatar Nov 25, 2019

    It was amazing show. The artist, contents, theatre and the players was amazing. We really enjoyed the show. Thanks very much

  • Review Avatar Nov 25, 2019

    Play was excellent.

  • Review Avatar Nov 27, 2019

    Very urgent and topical subject put over very well by a compelling performace by P H-D.

  • Review Avatar Nov 29, 2019

    It was amazing play, staged in a minimalistic yet, intimate venue, surrounded by cozy and close by seats of auditorium, with a cast of pure talent, especially lead role, and all of that embroiled in very current topic of freedom of expression being gagged by the state. Not withholding a beautiful moment of Adele’s “Hello” instrumental piece of music followed by a ridiculously sweet dance of two main characters. It was a joy and best value for money. Highly recommended!

  • Review Avatar Dec 1, 2019

    Did now even notice how time passed. It was very gripping and very well played.

  • Review Avatar Dec 1, 2019

    Brilliant acting and portrayal of Can by Peter Hamilton Dyer. Grippoing dialogue that left me wanting to know more abut Can.

  • Review Avatar Dec 2, 2019

    Well acted, well written. Very interesting, informative and shocking.

  • Review Avatar Dec 3, 2019

    There should be more variety of drinks in the bar. However, the staff are very professional and friendly. I highly recommend it.

  • Review Avatar Dec 7, 2019

    Faultless acting.

  • Review Avatar Dec 7, 2019

    First visit to Arcola but impressed with the quality of the acting and the clever use of space and minimum set. A play that really had one thinking all the way home. Keith McDowall

  • Review Avatar Dec 8, 2019

    Unexpectedly engaging for a political drama. Very much enjoyable.

  • Review Avatar Dec 8, 2019

    I did enjoy this very much and it is the kind of thing I love ... but (sorry) I think you can improve on the multi-role use of the supporting actors. It might just be the costumes but I wasn't able to suspend my disbelief when colleagues became family.