For four nights only, starting from tonight, the Tricycle Theatre in Kilburn is presenting a series of short plays exploring the current situation in Darfur. How Long Is Never? Darfur - a Response features new work by Michael Bhim, Amy Evans, Jennifer Farmer, Carlo Gebler, Juliet Gilkes, Lynn Nottage, Winsome Pinnock. All seven are writers from the Tricycle Bloomberg Writers Group and each have a short play in this special event; each piece is thought-provoking, topical and as promised in the project's name, a genuine artistic response to the situation in Darfur today.
New writing on current affairs is a Tricycle Theatre speciality: this is, after all, the place that developed the ground-breaking "Tribunal Plays" such as The Colour of Justice in 1999, the reconstruction of the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry and Justifying War in 2003, which reconstructed scenes from the Hutton Inquiry.
With this reputation in mind, How Long Is Never? is presented with a special post-show discussion with Darfur specialists, human rights and humanitarian aid workers, politicians and NGO representatives who have worked in the field. A different set of speakers have been organised for each night and among the post-show discussion speakers are Jonathan Steele - Guardian correspondent, Ismail Jarbo - survivor, Geoffrey Robertson QC and Sarah Maguire, UN consultant on Darfur. If you like Newsnight but don't like theatre or you'd like theatre more if it was like Newsnight, then this is for you.
How Long Is Never? Darfur - A Response, 24 - 28 October, Tricycle Theatre. Tickets are £8.50 including entrance to the post-show talks. For more information and to book, go to the website here.