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  • Finished 9 – 17 July

    The Old Vic Tunnels

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    March 20, 2003. A date that the ordinary people of Iraq will never forget. A day that changed their lives forever. The day the Americans arrived in their country.

    In the dramatic and evocative setting of the Old Vic Tunnels audiences were presented with a piece of theatre comprised of first-hand accounts and interviews collected from real Iraqis who had fled chaos and violence for the relative safety of Jordan.

    New York Theatre Workshop’s award-winning actor/directors Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen, from Tim Robbins Actors’ Gang, visited Jordan to discover for themselves what happened to Iraqi civilians as a result of the events that began on that fateful day which made their production one focused on human detail.

    Thank you to Amnesty International who co-hosted a post-show discussion.

    This piece should be seen by as many people as possible, I’d even go so far as to say should be compulsory viewing… because this piece isn’t just about Iraqi refugees, its about how easy it is to let our government go to war and simply ignore another nation’s suffering as long as we don’t have to live with the consequences.

    ★ ★ ★ ★ ★


    This raw, yet well-balanced portrayal, which lends itself to the universal issues of the refugee, manages to bring humanity and humour to a distressing, yet important subject.


    It is a compelling piece of theatre.

    ★ ★ ★

    The Guardian

    An amazing experience: one of dignity and courage and very compelling.

    Audience member

    Presented by LIFT and The Old Vic, in association with ArKtype/Thomas O. Kriegsmann.
    Developed and produced by New York Theatre Workshop, with the support of Hopkins Center for the Arts, Dartmouth College.
    AFTERMATH was made possible by the generous support of The MAP Fund, a program of Creative Capital supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Rockerfeller Foundation and  the Ford Foundation.