Blair continues to be Called To Account

Published April 17, 2008

The political drama Called To Account, which examines whether Prime Minister Tony Blair should be indicted for taking Britain to war in Iraq, has extended at the Tricycle until 9 June.

According to the producers, there has been “unprecedented public demand” for the play, which had initially been running until 19 May after opening on 23 April.

Subtitled The Indictment Of Anthony Charles Lynton Blair For The Crime Of Aggression Against Iraq, Called To Account has been written by The Guardian security affairs editor Richard Norton-Taylor following the evidence gathered by leading barristers Philippe Sands QC (for the prosecution) and Julian Knowles (for the defence).

Earlier this year the two barristers took testimonials from many high level politicians, policy advisors, United Nations officials, diplomats and journalists, to test the evidence as to whether there would be grounds to indict the Prime Minister for the crime of aggression against Iraq. Norton-Taylor, who has frequently collaborated with the Tricycle on its political work, then edited those findings into a play.

Norton-Taylor’s previous work for the theatre includes: Half The Picture (with John McGrath), an adaptation of the Scott arms-to-Iraq inquiry; The Colour Of Justice, about the Stephen Lawrence inquiry; Justifying War, edited extracts of the Hutton inquiry; and Bloody Sunday – Scenes From The Saville Inquiry, which won the 2006 Laurence Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement In An Affiliate Theatre. In November the theatre won a Special Award in the Evening Standard Theatre Awards for its pioneering political work.

Called To Account is directed by Tricycle Artistic Director Nicolas Kent.

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