Murray, The Theatrical Production

by Nathan Hamm on 11/21/2004

If any further one was needed, I now have an additional reason to think that modern literature and theater are absolute garbage. Former UK ambassador Craig Murray’s story will hit the stage in London.

The play, Talking to Terrorists, a co-production between Stafford-Clark’s London-based company Out of Joint and the Royal Court Theatre, is expected to open next spring.

“Craig has talked publicly about violence by the state against people, so it would be fascinating to have him talk about that,” said Stafford-Clark, former artistic director of the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh and London’s Royal Court. “We hope to meet him to discuss his experiences — what he says could be used as a text in the play, possibly with an actor playing him.”

“I am more than happy to speak to Mr Stafford-Clark and give him some real life incidents he might want to put into his play, although there’s something scary about the idea of someone playing me,” he said.

The man is still an employee of the FCO though, so his involvement may be limited.

That Murray’s story is getting as much attention as it is, and that he is apparently reaping a bumper crop of pity and adulation should, but unfortunately does not, suprise me. This seems fairly cut and dried to me. The role of the ambassador (and everyone else in the FCO, the State Department, and every other foreign service for that matter) should be to execute the foreign policy of the government served period.


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