Set in 1991, the play focuses on the covert American attempt to fund and arm an Afghan rebel group in its resistance against the Soviets. CIA operative, James Warnock (Lloyd Owen) forges a strong alliance with one Afghan warlord – but in arming this man against the Russians, Warnock and the CIA (not to mention the British) ultimately train and fund their future enemies.
Blood and Gifts is expanded from a shorter play that Rogers wrote for The Great Game season at The Tricycle Theatre, Kilburn and is directed by Howard Davies. The production continues in rep until 2 November 2010 at the National's Lyttelton Theatre.
- Elizabeth Davis