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Fifteen years ago, Alice was an interrogator in Guantanamo Bay. The pills she took at the time mean she can't remember what she did. Fifteen years ago, Bashir was a detainee there. One day, he visits her.
16 March 2011
Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig's Lidless transfers to the Trafalgar Studio 2 with impeccable credentials, having won a Fringe First Award at Edinburgh in 2010 and the Yale Drama Series Award in 2009. The grim legacy of Guantanamo Bay provides the driving force throughout the play, from Alice's mistreatment of Bashir during her time as a US Army interrogator, to their PTSD-fuelled reunion.
Fifteen years after leaving the Army, Alice is living an apparently idyllic life as a florist in rural USA with her ex-junkie husband, Lucas, and asthmatic 14-year-old daughter, Rhiannon. Until, that is, Bashir turns up, dying of hepatitis and demanding that Alice donate him her liver. Alice, her mind numbed by the pills she took to get her through her work at "Gitmo", at first doesn't remember him, or what she did to him, but when realisation comes to her, the memories devastate them all.
The acting is forceful, the direction by Steven Atkinson crisp, the subject matt...
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