TALKING to Terrorists is a piece of what is known as ‘verbatim theatre’ which means every word spoken by the actors has been spoken by a real person.
So when the IRA member who planted the bomb at the Conservative party conference in 1984 looks you in the eye and tells you why he did it, it may be an actor speaking, but the words are very real.
It is if as an audience member, you are indeed ‘talking to terrorists’.
However, it isn’t just ‘terrorists’ whose words are spoken, it’s also psychologists, journalists, politicians, soldiers, victims of terrorism. Each of them providing their own insight.
Some of them do work better than others. A British Colonel who served in Northern Ireland is an example of when it does. “I realised if I had been born in Crossmaglen or South Armagh, I would have been a terrorist. And that’s an understanding every soldier should have,” he says.
At times the words make you smile, though more often you feel more like despairing. The ex-ambassador to Uzbekistan knows people are being boiled alive in order to gain ‘intelligence’, but nobody wants to listen.
This is the key tenet of the play, and why everyone should see it- and hear it