Iraq does not exist. Syria does not exist. The carve up of the Ottoman Empire by the entente powers in 1916 is all but undone. The president of the Kurdish Regional Government Masoud Barzani has said a “new reality” now [...]Read more
Category "War and imperialism"
As we go to publication, military conflict continues in eastern Ukraine, following a decision by newly elected Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to end the ten-day ceasefire. Pro-Russian separatists in Donetsk and Lugansk have refused to implement the ceasefire, despite it [...]Read more
The Last Days of Troy is a reinterpretation of the siege of Troy, showing us the horrors of war during the centenary of WWI. While Homer’s Iliad is a poetic recitation of the story of the siege, encapsulating the drama [...]Read more
This is a terrific play. A companion piece to the Royal Exchange's major production of Simon Armitage's "Troy", a staging of the "Iliad", it also deals with war and its consequences. Written by Gareth Farr the cast is drawn from [...]Read more
The First World War unleashed a torrent of artistic responses, not only agitational in nature or designed to combat official propaganda, but moreover a symptom of young minds desperately trying to confront the brutalities of their new century. The influence [...]Read more