Chilcot

Chilcot Written By Richard Norton-Taylor & Matt Woodhead

Commissioned by Battersea Arts Centre and The Lowry. Developed with the Support of the National Theatre Studio

‘The House of Commons is powerless. When you add secrecy and deceit, the system becomes positively dangerous. I’m still shocked that Britain could do what happened in Iraq.’

– Clare Short, Former International Development Secretary

On 20 March 2003, Tony Blair declared that Britain was at war. A nation collapsed, tens of thousands were killed and the Islamic State was born. Tasked with exploring Britain’s role in the Iraq war, the evidence presented to the Chilcot Inquiry was devastating and stark. Drawing together testimonies from leading players – ministers, military commanders, the heads of MI5 and MI6, top Whitehall legal advisers – with the forgotten voices of veterans, families who lost relatives and Iraqi refugees, this pertinent and bold piece of documentary theatre investigates the biggest foreign policy disaster in modern times, Britain’s role in the Middle East and the accountability of those

As the shockwaves of the 2003 Iraq War continue to reverberate, Chilcot offers audiences a sobering insight into the mistakes of our past, and its lessons for the future.

The StageChilcot

Chilcot amounts to a devastating account of the mendacity, delusion and incompetence surrounding the invasion of Iraq in 2003.

The GuardianChilcot

Chilcot could not be a more timely play. - a timely reminder of the main themes some seven years after the report was commissioned and 15 after some of the events. It succeeds throughout at making the political personal and at showing the intimate human emotional impact of decision taken by an invading power.

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