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Can Dündar's #WeAreArrested Arcola Theatre tickets on sale now!
Adapted by Pippa Hill and Sophie Ivatts from the Can Dündar novel of the same name, #WeAreArrested marks the first co-production between Royal Shakespeare Company and London's Arcola Theatre. It also tells a significant story about the consequences of exposing the truth at a time when even truthful reports are dubbed fake news. This tribute to the courage of modern-day journalists is one not to be missed! The Arcola Theatre is well known for offering incredibly cheap tickets to see high-quality stage productions. Tickets to the fantastic new production, #WeAreArrested, are expected to sell out fast, so be sure to book your tickets sharpish to secure the best seats at the Arcola Theatre at the best prices!
What is We Are Arrested about?
We Are Arrested is a compelling play about the struggle to promote the truth amidst a web of lies.
When the editor of a highly-regarded news publication is sent a flash-drive with damning evidence of the president's attempts to smuggle weapons into a bordering country, he is adamant on getting the story published. Little do the public and the parliament know that publishing these photos of illegal government activity could throw the nation into complete political turmoil and an all-out war. But publish them he does, and the resulting uproar changes everything.
He soon becomes arrested and charged with espionage, facing a sentence of lifetime imprisonment in solitary confinement. Forced to abandon his wife and son, only his unwavering imagination can help him cope with life in a prison cell. And as much as his government captors wish to stop the press, he soon begins to fiercely defy them when he discovers a loophole around the prison's colour ban, which allows him to smuggle out risky exposés. Though he is eventually released from incarceration, the government's control of the media and the judicial system makes his pleas for a fair trial all the more difficult.
The play is based on the book of the same name by journalist Can Dündar, who was arrested after leaking footage of the Turkish State Intelligence illegally exporting weapons to Syria. This troubling story receives a new lease of life amidst the rise of authoritarian governments and populist regimes around the world. It also recalls the bone-chilling recent events surrounding the assassination of Saudi journalist and dissident Jamal Khashoggi.
Why see #WeAreArrested at the Arcola Theatre?
In addition to chronicling a true story and the troubling pickle we've found ourselves in these days, #WeAreArrested also remains one of the most affordable shows in London Theatreland. Though it may be an Off-West End production, the production values will certainly make you forget you're in Hackney, London. Enjoy a night out in East London with tickets for #WeAreArrested at the Arcola. This thought-provoking play will have you debating about the state of the world with your friends and family long after the curtain falls!
Age restrictionTo Be Confirmed.
Running timeTo Be Confirmed.
Performance dates13 November - 7 December 2019
AccessThere will be a relaxed performance of this production Saturday 30 November at 2.30pm.
David McAra8th December
I did enjoy this very much and it is the kind of thing I love ... but (sorry) I think you can improve on the multi-role use of the supporting actors. It might just be the costumes but I wasn't able to suspend my disbelief when colleagues became family.
Ance Polane8th December
Unexpectedly engaging for a political drama. Very much enjoyable.
Keith McDowall7th December
First visit to Arcola but impressed with the quality of the acting and the clever use of space and minimum set. A play that really had one thinking all the way home. Keith McDowall
Judith Altshul7th December
Murat Gurses3rd December
There should be more variety of drinks in the bar. However, the staff are very professional and friendly. I highly recommend it.
Well acted, well written. Very interesting, informative and shocking.
Rosemary George1st December
Brilliant acting and portrayal of Can by Peter Hamilton Dyer. Grippoing dialogue that left me wanting to know more abut Can.
Mavi Nunn Polatoglu1st December
Did now even notice how time passed. It was very gripping and very well played.
It was amazing play, staged in a minimalistic yet, intimate venue, surrounded by cozy and close by seats of auditorium, with a cast of pure talent, especially lead role, and all of that embroiled in very current topic of freedom of expression being gagged by the state. Not withholding a beautiful moment of Adele’s “Hello” instrumental piece of music followed by a ridiculously sweet dance of two main characters. It was a joy and best value for money. Highly recommended!
Marilyn Little27th November
Very urgent and topical subject put over very well by a compelling performace by P H-D.
Sian Ricketts25th November
Play was excellent.
Sabite ozan25th November
It was amazing show. The artist, contents, theatre and the players was amazing. We really enjoyed the show. Thanks very much