Half Moon presents Guantanamo Boy, based on the critically acclaimed novel by Anna Perera, by Brolly productions
“Innocent until proven guilty? Not here you’re not”
Khalid likes football, hip hop, computer games and has a big crush on a girl – like any other teenage boy. Except being a young Muslim in the aftermath of 9/11 can be very dangerous. Snatched in the middle of the night he is thrown into a nightmare world in which he is presumed guilty. Alone, afraid and far from home, will he have the strength to survive? Guantanamo Boy asks difficult questions about how we balance human rights and national security – and what happens if we get the balance wrong. This powerful and immersive play takes the audience into the heart of the ‘war on terror’ seen through the eyes of one boy.
“…A fast-moving piece that packs a great deal into its hour playing time…imaginatively mounted by director Dominic Hingorani and designer Rachana Jadhav, it is played with feeling.” British Theatre Guide
An innovative digital platform findkhalid.com that accompanies the play is an exciting participatory way for young people to learn about the wider political context that led to Khalid’s detention and features ‘talking heads’ from leading advocacy organisations such as Amnesty International and the Human Rights Lawyers Association
Originally commissioned by Stratford Circus. Presented with the permission of Puffin Group. Supported by Arts Council England, the Stanley Thomas Johnson Foundation, HRLA, University of East London and Unity Theatre Trust