Can Dündar's #WeAreArrested Arcola Theatre tickets on sale now!
Adapted by Pippa Hill and Sophie Ivatts from the Can Dündar novel of the same name, #WeAreArrested marks the first co-production between Royal Shakespeare Company and London's Arcola Theatre. It also tells a significant story about the consequences of exposing the truth at a time when even truthful reports are dubbed fake news. This tribute to the courage of modern-day journalists is one not to be missed! The Arcola Theatre is well known for offering incredibly cheap tickets to see high-quality stage productions. Tickets to the fantastic new production, #WeAreArrested, are expected to sell out fast, so be sure to book your tickets sharpish to secure the best seats at the Arcola Theatre at the best prices!
What is We Are Arrested about?
We Are Arrested is a compelling play about the struggle to promote the truth amidst a web of lies.
When the editor of a highly-regarded news publication is sent a flash-drive with damning evidence of the president's attempts to smuggle weapons into a bordering country, he is adamant on getting the story published. Little do the public and the parliament know that publishing these photos of illegal government activity could throw the nation into complete political turmoil and an all-out war. But publish them he does, and the resulting uproar changes everything.
He soon becomes arrested and charged with espionage, facing a sentence of lifetime imprisonment in solitary confinement. Forced to abandon his wife and son, only his unwavering imagination can help him cope with life in a prison cell. And as much as his government captors wish to stop the press, he soon begins to fiercely defy them when he discovers a loophole around the prison's colour ban, which allows him to smuggle out risky exposés. Though he is eventually released from incarceration, the government's control of the media and the judicial system makes his pleas for a fair trial all the more difficult.
The play is based on the book of the same name by journalist Can Dündar, who was arrested after leaking footage of the Turkish State Intelligence illegally exporting weapons to Syria. This troubling story receives a new lease of life amidst the rise of authoritarian governments and populist regimes around the world. It also recalls the bone-chilling recent events surrounding the assassination of Saudi journalist and dissident Jamal Khashoggi.
Why see #WeAreArrested at the Arcola Theatre?
In addition to chronicling a true story and the troubling pickle we've found ourselves in these days, #WeAreArrested also remains one of the most affordable shows in London Theatreland. Though it may be an Off-West End production, the production values will certainly make you forget you're in Hackney, London. Enjoy a night out in East London with tickets for #WeAreArrested at the Arcola. This thought-provoking play will have you debating about the state of the world with your friends and family long after the curtain falls!