About Gladiator Games
Due to the overwhelming public and critical acclaim, Theatre Royal intends to restage the play from Thursday 2 February until Saturday 25 February 2006.
Post-show discussions will be held throughout the run from the 7th to the 25th of February.
Zahid Mubarek, a young British Asian man, was a local lad from Walthamstow, just a couple of miles up the road from this theatre. He got into trouble with the law and found himself in Feltham Young Offenders Institute. Little did he or his family know that he was about to be dealt a death sentence. On the eve of his release, Zahid was attacked by his cellmate. One week later he died of his injuries. How was this allowed to happen?
Gladiator Games is going to be even more topical considering that the Public Inquiry into the murder of Zahid Mubarek has come to an end and the report is expected to be published in early February 2006.
“The play’s poignancy and its political power, are a fitting tribute to a murdered teenager.” Emma John – Time Out
“Tanika Gupta’s powerful dramatisation…makes a strong case that Mr Mubarek’s death was caused by sins of commission as well as omission” Nick Curtis - Evening Standard
“a work of real political importance; painful to witness, but entirely essential” Sam Marlowe - The Times
One of Britain’s pre-eminent young writers traces a family’s pursuit of the truth behind his death. Gladiator Games, is based on interviews and accounts of the public inquiry into the fatal assault on Zahid Mubarek, a public enquiry which was for years denied them by David Blunkett's Home Office. Gladiator Games examines this and the staggering incompetence of the official response to this tragic event.
“dismayingly accurate” Dominic Cavendish – The Daily Telegraph
“The cast of five is stunning, each playing several characters with energy and insight” Lynne Walker – The Independent