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23 July – 29 August 6 weeks only

Olivier Award nominated

AFGHANISTAN

prior to Washington, New York and USA tour Richard Bean Lee Blessing David Edgar David Greig Amit Gupta Ron Hutchinson Stephen Jeffreys Abi Morgan Ben Ockrent Simon Stephens Colin Teevan Joy Wilkinson

Plays • Films • Discussions • Ceramics

Box office 020 7328 1000 / www.tricycle.co.uk


Olivier Award nomination for ‘Outstanding Achievement’ ‘Mind-blowing plays’ ★★★★ The Guardian

‘An inspirational highlight of the year so far’ ★★★★ The Independent

‘High on my list of best theatrical experiences of 2009’ ★★★★ The Daily Telegraph

‘Its scope is unparalleled, a fine achievement’ ★★★★ The Times

‘For sheer scale and ambition alone it deserves the highest praise’ ★★★★ The Sunday Times

‘The cast of 15 is universally excellent. Sharp and entertaining and, as the best political theatre should, refuses to draw simplistic conclusions’ ★★★★ The Sunday Telegraph


★★★★ The Guardian The Times Financial Times The Daily Telegraph The Sunday Times The Sunday Telegraph The Independent Evening Standard Jewish Chronicle Time Out Metro

Parts 1, 2 & 3 do not have to be seen in chronological order Part 1 Wed 8pm Part 2 Thurs 8pm Part 3 Fri 8pm Trilogy Days each Sat & Sun from 11.30am


Bookings before 31st May: Weekdays: Single part £13, Trilogy £27 Weekends: Single part £20, Trilogy £35

Preview Offer 23/24 July £12 25 July Trilogy £22


PART 1

1842–1930

Invasions & Independence

BUGLES AT THE GATES OF JALALABAD by Stephen Jeffreys

In January 1842 a contingent of British soldiers, 16,000 strong, retreated from Kabul. Only a few stragglers were left alive in the British Army's worst defeat in history. The General's wife, Lady Sale, documents the battles in the Hindu Kush; whilst four buglers sound the advance at the Gates of Jalalabad as a signal to any survivors.

DURAND’S LINE

by Ron Hutchinson Amir Abdul Rahman has kept the Indian Foreign Secretary, Sir Mortimer Durand, cooped up in Kabul for weeks. Sir Mortimer is desperate to negotiate the division of Waziristan to avenge the humiliation of his father's name. Meanwhile, Rahman fights to protect his country's borders from Imperialist map-making.

CAMPAIGN

by Amit Gupta Harry Hawk MP, Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Foreign Secretary needs to find a new approach to policy in Afghanistan. Hawk summons the expert, Professor Khan to advise on the potential success of the 'supplementary plan' conceived by the civil service. While Hawk hopes that history can repeat itself, Khan is not convinced that it will.

NOW IS THE TIME by Joy Wilkinson

King Amanullah, his wife Soraya and his father-in-law, Tarzi are fleeing the capital. Their car is marooned in the snow, while Pashtun tribes and Tajik forces march towards Kabul. Will the Soviet Union help? Will the British interfere?

With monologues between the plays by Siba Shakib. For calendar of performances see end pages. Parts 1, 2 & 3 can be seen separately and not necessarily in chronological order.


Bookings before 31st May: Weekdays: Single part £13, Trilogy £27 Weekends: Single part £20, Trilogy £35

Preview Offer 23/24 July £12 25 July Trilogy £22


PART 2

1979–1996

Communism, the Mujahideen & the Taliban BLACK TULIPS by David Edgar

Christmas 1987. A super-power invaded Afghanistan eight years ago. Its troops were sent to combat backwardness and banditry, to defend women's rights, to build hospitals and schools, but it didn't work out quite like that. Now another group of Russian conscripts gets its final briefing before going in.

WOOD FOR THE FIRE by Lee Blessing

In order to de-stabilise the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan the CIA and ISI (Pakistan's Intelligence agency) formed an unholy alliance with the Mujahideen. American weaponry was supplied to support the Jihad, and the Russians were eventually forced to withdraw. Wood for the Fire explores one of many facets of this secret war.

MINISKIRTS OF KABUL by David Greig

The Taliban are closing in on Kabul: shells and rockets are exploding around the capital. A woman is interviewing President Najibullah, who has sought refuge in the UN compound. He talks about fashion, communism, torture and whisky, but time is running out...

THE LION OF KABUL by Colin Teevan

Two Afghan aid workers disappear while distributing rice. Rabia, their UN Director of Operations, is determined to discover what has happened to them. The problem is her organisation does not recognise the Taliban, and the Taliban does not recognise her. She seeks justice, but who is to dispense it?

For calendar of performances see end pages. Parts 1, 2 & 3 can be seen separately and not necessarily in chronological order.


Bookings before 31st May: Weekdays: Single part £13, Trilogy £27 Weekends: Single part £20, Trilogy £35

Preview Offer 23/24 July £12 25 July Trilogy £22


PART 3 1996–2010 Enduring Freedom

Including verbatim interviews with those involved in the current conflict in Afghanistan edited by Richard Norton-Taylor.

HONEY

by Ben Ockrent While civil war rages, a lone CIA agent realises the dangers of American disengagement. He's found an 'in' to persuade Commander Massoud, the Lion of Panjshir, to help them get back into the game. But with the Taliban closing in on Kabul, will it be enough?

THE NIGHT IS DARKEST BEFORE THE DAWN by Abi Morgan

The widowed Huma is trying to re-open her husband's school following the American bombing and 'liberation' of Afghanistan; however she needs to persuade six more girls to attend. But Behrukh’s father is more concerned with his opium crop, and who will harvest it.

ON THE SIDE OF THE ANGELS by Richard Bean

Jackie and Graham are working for Direct Action World Poverty east of Herat. They are thrown together to work on a new project about land rights. In trying to help and settle local disputes, the results are not what they expected, as Bollywood, women's rights and tribal disputes create a toxic mix.

CANOPY OF STARS by Simon Stephens

In a bunker guarding the Kajaki Dam, two soldiers talk of chips and gravy, football, women, and whether the British should start to negotiate with the Taliban insurgents. A searing insight into soldiers at war, and what happens when they go home.

For calendar of performances see end pages. Parts 1, 2 & 3 can be seen separately and not necessarily in chronological order.


Film Festival Artistic Director: Zahra Qadir with Holly Conneely & Taran Wilkhu

Friday 23 July 6.30pm Afghan Star dir. Havana Marking

87mins After 30 years of war and Taliban rule, a Pop Idol-style television show has come to Afghanistan. Millions are watching ‘Afghan Star’ and voting for their favourite singers. For many this is their first encounter with democracy.

+ Silencing The Song: An Afghan Fallen Star UK Premiere dir. Havana Marking

35mins Two years after her dramatic performance on ‘Afghan Star’ we find out what has happened to the brave and feisty singer Setara Husseinzada. 8.45pm

Vote Afghanistan!

78mins

dir. Martin Herring/Havana Marking With unique and unprecedented access this political thriller observes the controversial Afghan Presidential election of 2009 through the eyes of the leading challengers on their campaign trail, their supporters, and the everyday Afghan voter. Plus Q&A with Martin Herring & Havana Marking

Saturday 24 July - Barmak Day

The Tricycle welcomes Afghan Film Director Siddiq Barmak for an evening of screenings. Barmak was director of the Afghan Film Organization from 1992 - 1996. All his works were banned during the time of the Taliban. 6pm A Double Bill of Shorts from the Archive The Wall and The Stranger 50mins A rare chance to see two of Saddiq Barmak’s archive films.

7.30pm

Opium War dir. Siddiq Barmak

93mins Two American soldiers crash their helicopter in the middle of an opium field in Afghanistan. The injured soldiers and the locals strike up an unlikely friendship.

Plus Q&A with Siddiq Barmak Q&As agreed subject to work commitments of participants. Please note that the film programme is subject to change. Please check website www.tricycle.co.uk/afghanistan in advance of arrival. Please see overleaf for pricing information.


an! Vote Afghanist

Sunday 25 July 3pm Rabia of Bactria dir. Wahid Naziri

165mins (+15mins interval) Afghanistan’s first feature film became a sensation upon release in 1965, but by 1996 it exemplified everything the Taliban feared and a recording was saved only by the risks taken by film archivists at Kabul's National Film Archive.

6.30pm Talabgar (The Suitor)Buddha dir. Khaleq A’lil Out of Shame 40mins Collapsed Nasser, a confidence trickster and crook, falls in love with a beautiful young student, who comes from a middle-class family in Kabul. Can they find love and happiness against the odds? Plus Q&A with Zahra Qadir

Monday 26 July - The Poppy & Afghanistan 7pm This Is My Destiny dir. Lucy Gordon & Bahareh Hosseini

68mins A searing insight into the stranglehold of opium in Afghanistan, from mothers in a Northern village calming their crying babies with the drug to long-term addicts in Kabul seeking help.

8.30pm

Addicted in Afghanistan dir. Jawed Taiman 75mins An intimate observation of the heartbreaking reality behind the headlines as seen through the eyes of Jabar & Zahir, two 15 year old drug-users living in a country where an estimated one million people are addicts.

Plus Q&A with Lucy Gordon & Bahareh Hosseini (This Is My Destiny) and Jawed Taiman (Addicted in Afghanistan)

Tuesday 27 July 6.45pm An Afghan Insight

80 mins This series of four films made by first-time filmmakers from Kabul provides a fascinating insight into the reality of life for Afghan citizens and the reconstruction of their country from a personal perspective.

Plus Q&A with project organiser Kanechka Sorkhabi (Ateliers Varan, Media Organisation) 8.45pm The Dancing Boys of Afghanistan dir. Jamie Doran, Plus Q&A 52mins Behind the scenes of this lucrative business - see website for further details.


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Access

Easy access to auditoria and café. Please book tickets in advance. Infrared system in the theatre and the cinema. Cloak and baggage lockers are available for everyone in the cinema basement lobby. For more information email info@tricycle.co.uk

How to find us

The Tricycle Theatre, 269 Kilburn High Road, London NW6 7JR Kilburn (Jubilee line) 16, 31, 32, 98, 189, 206, 316, 328, 332 Brondesbury (London Overground) The Tricycle is within a Controlled Parking Zone, Mon–Fri 8.30am–6.30pm The Tricycle acknowledges with tremendous gratitude the following organisations who have helped to make this festival possible:

Sir Siegmund Warburg's Voluntary Settlement


Performance Times

PART 1 PART 2 PART 3

Wednesdays 8pm, Sats/Suns 11.30am Thursdays 8pm, Sats/Suns 3pm (except 29 July) Fridays 8pm, Sats/Suns 7.30pm (except 1 August)

Theatre Prices

Booked BEFORE 31 May

Booked From 31 May

Single part Trilogy

£13 £27

£15 £37

Single part Trilogy

£20 £35

£22 £45

Booked BEFORE 30 June

Booked From 30 June

£4.50 £3.50

£7 £6

Weekdays Weekends

Film Prices Evening Screenings Weekend Matinees

Talks & Discussions Theatre Reductions

£5 (£4 reductions)

Applicable to: under 16s, students, over 60s, jobseekers and people with disabliities

£2 off £3 off

Single part Trilogy

(Reductions only apply for tickets purchased from 31 May) Pay What You Can available for first twenty eligible bookers in person on the day 4, 5 & 6 August.

Box Office 020 7328 1000 www.tricycle.co.uk

Tickets booked by phone, or by post with a cheque or money order will be held at the Box Office unless a SAE is sent. We accept Visa, Mastercard, Access, Switch and Solo. Tickets are neither exchangeable nor refundable.

Air-conditioning

The Theatre and Cinema auditoria are both fully air-conditioned.

Images: Cover & Page 1: Zahra Qadir, Page 3: John Haynes, Page 5: Simon Nolfolk, Page 7: David Bathgate design: www.fetherstonhaugh.com

Registered charity no: 276892


23 JULY – 29 AUG

Events in the theatre are shown in blue Film Festival events in the cinema are shown in re Talks and discussions in the theatre are shown in

Mon 26 July

Tue 27 July

During the festival there will be an exhibition of Afghan ceramics in the Tricycle Gallery

This is my Destiny 7pm Talk: David Loyn 8pm Addicted in Afghanistan 8.30pm

An Afghan 6.45pm Insight The Dancing Boys of Afghanistan 8.45pm

Wed 28 July

Thurs 29 Ju

PART 1

PART 1 PART 2 PART 3

Mon 2 Aug

Tue 3 Aug

Wed 4 Aug

Discussion: Aiding Afghanistan** 8pm

PART 1

Tue 10 Aug

Wed 11 Aug

Discussion: Governing Afghanistan** 8pm

PART 1

Tue 17 Aug

Wed 18 Aug

Discussion: Soldiering Afghanistan** 8pm

PART 1

Tue 24 Aug

Wed 25 Aug

Discussion: Reporting Afghanistan** 8pm

PART 1

Mon 9 Aug

Mon 16 Aug

Mon 23 Aug

Cast includes:

Directors: Designers: Lighting: Sound: Literary Advisor:

8pm

Discussions and Talks Programmers: Jane Shallice, Zoe Ingenhaag ** Please see website www.tricycle.co.uk/afghanistan ten days before for list of panellists

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Thurs 5 Aug

8pm

PART 2

Thurs 12 Au

8pm

PART 2

Thurs 19 Au

8pm

PART 2

Thurs 26 Au

8pm

Daniel Betts, Sheena Bhattessa, Michael Cochrane, Karl Davies, Vincent Ebrahim, Nabil Elouahabi, Shereen Martineau, Tom McKay, Daniel Rabin, Danny Rahim, Jemma Redgrave, Raad Rawi, Rick Warden Nicolas Kent, Indhu Rubasingham Assistant: Rachel Grunwald Pamela Howard, Miriam Nabarro James Farncombe Tom Lishman Jack Bradley

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Fri 30 July

Sat 31 July

Sun 1 Aug

PART 1 PART 2 PART 3

Jessie Buckley and Friends A Concert FROM BRECHT TO BROADWAY 7.30pm

PART 3

8pm

PART 3

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PART 3

8pm

PART 3

11.30am 3pm 7.30pm

PART 1 PART 2 PART 3

Sun 8 Aug 11.30am 3pm 7.30pm

Sat 14 Aug

8pm

PART 1 PART 2 PART 3

8pm

PART 1 PART 2 PART 3

8pm

11.30am 3pm 7.30pm

PART 1 PART 2 PART 3

11.30am 3pm 7.30pm

Sun 22 Aug 11.30am 3pm 7.30pm

Sat 28 Aug PART 1 PART 2 PART 3

PART 1 PART 2 PART 3

Sun 15 Aug 11.30am 3pm 7.30pm

Sat 21 Aug

Fri 27 Aug

8pm

6pm 7.30pm 7.30pm

Sat 7 Aug

Fri 20 Aug

8pm

PART 1 11.30am PART 2 3pm Rabia of Bactria 3pm Talabgar 6.30pm PART 3 7.30pm

Shorts Opium War PART 2

Fri 13 Aug

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Sun 25 July preview *

Afghan Star 6.30pm PART 1 8pm Vote Afghanistan! 8.45pm

Fri 6 Aug

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Sat 24 July preview *

PART 1 PART 2 PART 3

11.30am 3pm 7.30pm

Sun 29 Aug 11.30am 3pm 7.30pm

PART 1 PART 2 PART 3

11.30am 3pm 7.30pm

“The Great Game” was a term used for the strategic rivalry and conflict between the British Empire and the Russian Empire for supremacy in Central Asia. The classic Great Game period is generally regarded as running approximately from the Russo-Persian Treaty of 1813 to the Anglo-Russian Convention of 1907. Following the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917 a second, less intensive phase followed. The term "The Great Game" was introduced into mainstream consciousness by British novelist Rudyard Kipling in his novel ‘Kim’ (1901). * Preview Offer:

23/24 July £12 25 July Trilogy £22


1 - 25 September

The Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis presents the British Premiere of

Tiny Kushner

5 One-Act Pla ys

by Tony Kus hner

Directed by

J.C. Cutler, Kate Eifr ig,

Tony Taccon e

Jim Lichtscheidl, Val eri Mudek (photos:

Michal Daniel)

“A slam-bang series of five plays providing kaleidoscopic windows into the recesses of the artist’s fertile mind” Variety

“Exhilarating…penetrating…buoyant… blistering…wicked!” San Francisco Chronicle

“A thinking person’s comedy” New York Times

Early Bird Tickets from £8.50

Box Office 020 7328 1000 / www.tricycle.co.uk

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The Tricycle Theatre's season brochue for the Great Game season

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