Commemorating the 90th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide
Concordance presents - I WISH TO DIE SINGING
Devised by Neil McPherson. Directed by Neil McPherson and Kate Wasserberg. Designed by Kelly Vassie. Lighting by Alex Watson. Costume Design by Nell Knudsen.
Performed by: Rob Carroll. Mac Gregory. David Kershaw. Kristin Milward. Michael Nersisyan. Rachel Payant . Peter Sutton. Stephanie Thomas.
"Who, after all, today remembers the annihilation of the Armenians?", Adolf Hitler, 1939
The multi-award-winning Finborough Theatre presents a documentary drama commemorating the 90th anniversary of the Armenian genocide - featuring poetry, images, music, verbatim theatre, and the UK premiere of Aram Kouyoumdjian's award-winning monologue, Protest,
The Armenian genocide was the first genocide of the 20th century, perpetrated by the Ottoman Turkish Government against the Armenians, a Christian minority in a Muslim state. For more than a quarter of a century, the Armenians in the Ottoman Empire under the leadership of Sultan Abdul Hamid II and later under the rule of the Young Turk regime suffered unspeakable abuse, torture, massacres and persecution. This resulted in the rape, murder and deportation of more than 1.5 million Armenians from their historic homeland, and the destruction of a 3000 year old culture.
The Turkish Government denies to this date that such atrocities and mass murders took place and refuses to admit responsibility. The issue of Turkey’s continued denial of the genocide has taken on a new topicality as it has become a major stumbling block to their entry to the European Union.
"What a cursed, what a blood-soaked country; Within which even the core of the sun appears bleak. And bloody, like a dagger stabbed eye" - Siamanto
Playwright Aram Kouyoumdjian is the winner of Elly Awards for both playwriting and directing. His most recent work, The Delicate Lines in a doublebill with Protest premiered this April at California Stage in Sacramento, as part of a three-city tour that culminated in Los Angeles. He is an Associate Member of the Dramatists Guild and a recipient of a grant from the Arpa Foundation for his achievements in theatre.
"The way to get rid of the Armenian question is to get rid of the Armenians" - Sulltan Abdul-Hamid II (1876-1909)
"If nations are allowed to commit genocide with impunity, to hide their guilt in a camouflage of lies and denials, there is a real danger that other brutal regimes will be encouraged to attempt genocides. Unless we speak today of the Armenian genocide and unless the Government recognises this historical fact, we shall leave this century of unprecedented genocides with this blot on our consciences." - Caroline, Baroness Cox, House of Lords, April 1999
"The Turkish denial [of the Armenian Genocide] is probably the foremost example of historical perversion. With a mix of academic sophistication and diplomatic thuggery…the Turks have put both memory and history into reverse gear." - Professor Colin Tatz, Director, Centre for Comparative Genocide Studies
Finborough Theatre, The Finborough, 118 Finborough Road, London SW10 9ED
Just five minutes from Earl's Court and West Brompton Underground Stations
FOR THREE PERFORMANCES ONLY – Sunday, November 6th, 13th, 20th 2005 at 8pm
Tickets £10, £8 concessions. Performance length: Approximately 75 minutes.
Book online and save money at www.finboroughtheatre.co.uk . Box Office 0870 4000 838