Stunning! Kieron Barry has put together a chilling dramatic play from the actual transcripts of the inquest into the death of Jean Charles De Menezes'. It is a powerful and moving piece of drama, deftly directed by Sophie Lifshutz, and all the more chilling, of course, from being based on fact. All the actors play their parts extremely well, but particular mention should go to the magisterial Kevin Quarmby as the coroner and Jack Klaff, Michael Mansfield, played with a well judged balance of steely toughness and mild eccentricity as the counsel for the De Menezes family. Helen Horsley. principally playing Commander Cressida Dick, neatly revealed with grim obstinacy the cracks in her statements and those of her officials taken after the tragic events of the 22nd of July 2005. And finally Alex Tanner, specialist firearms officer, whose breakdown in the final moments of the play is truly moving. It rightly deserves a transfer to a bigger West End venue and I'm sure a run Off-Broadway would not be out of the question too. - rds
09 Aug 09
I saw this play last night and thought it was a brilliant piece of theatre. A very strong cast and a powerful and thought provoking play. It really is a must see to discover the truth about Jean Charles De Menezes tragic death. - Anon
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