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GLOD: Political Theatre as a Civil Right returns Monday 03 August 2020 1pm EDT, 6pm BST, 8pm GMT+3 with a discussion about Common Wealth's I Have Met the Enemy (and the enemy is us).

Join Common Wealth co-directors Rhiannon White and Evie Manning to discuss their latest play I Have Met the Enemy (and the enemy is us) which focuses on the UK arms trade for a conversation about making political theatre with people with lived experience. Rhiannon and Evie will explore the why and how and the challenges they faced as well as the ambition to stage theatre in working class community centres.

Joining the conversation will be the performers of the show; Mo’min Swaitat, Alexander Eley and Shatha Altowai – a Palestinian actor, former British soldier and a Yemeni artist who connect in a joint attempt to understand the UK arms trade and its impact around the world.

This session will feature short videos and primarily be a conversation with the team.

With lasers, techno and robotic installation to represent the 72 Eurofighter Jets sold by the UK to Saudi Arabia to be used in Yemen, I Have Met The Enemy asks audiences to take a close look at the UK defence industry and the role we play, as a nation and as individuals, in conflict and occupation around the world. I Have Met the Enemy is part techno party, part investigation and above all else a call to action. A Common Wealth and Northern Stage co-production, in association with Comra Films, Chapter and Southbank Centre.

Register to receive instructions on how to view and submit questions to the panel.

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