Articles for February, 2011


A great vision…

Thursday, February 17th, 2011 by Tricycle

HE Masood Khalili, former political adviser to Commander Massoud, and Afghan Ambassador to Spain, made a special trip to Washington DC last week to attend the performance of THE GREAT GAME.

Below is an extract from a message he sent after watching the production:

“Thank you to the Bob Woodruff Foundation, for all Great things that all of you did to show THE GREAT GAME in DC. What a night it was, a night full of love and appreciation for the heroes who gave and give their lives for freedom, faith and global peace.

We all know that war is the worst option but we also know that mercy to the wolf is cruelty to the lamb. If unjust does not want to recognize justice, justice knows who is unjust.

Thank you for sponsoring the plays on the 100 years of history of Afghanistan. What a great vision to show history through art and culture to reach the hearts and touch the minds. The more you know the freer you are.

The plays were excellent. God bless The Tricycle Theatre of London, and God bless their Artistic Director Nick Kent. Watching the play on Commander Massoud and my life was indeed filling my eyes and heart with tears and smiles. It is a great emotional moment when you see yourself not in the mirror but on the stage; you talk while you are silent. Our past actions are the roots and we are all the fruits, sour or sweet.

Great thanks to the Public Relations office of the US Defense Department and British Council too.”


Worth a Bottle of Whiskey

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011 by Tricycle

Maureen Dowd writes on the Pentagon performances of The Great Game, in the Opinion Pages of The New York Times….

“Worth a Bottle Of Whiskey

Our 3,413th day at war in Afghanistan seemed like a good day to learn about Afghanistan.

The longest stretch of war in American history has merited the shortest attention span.

I didn’t go to Kabul on the secretary of defense’s Doomsday plane this time. I signed up with the Pentagon for time travel, flying through history watching a remarkable seven-hour marathon of a 12-play series called “The Great Game.” The plays use real and fictional characters, actual transcripts and imagined scenes, to trace the trellis of foreign involvement in Afghanistan from 1842 to the present.”

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Great Game

Latest news from the Pentagon performances…

Friday, February 11th, 2011 by Great Game

Update from Washington, from Jonathan Levy, Chair of the Tricycle Board:

I am writing this post from Washington, after the first of The Great Game trilogy days. The plays are being shown in the Shakespeare Theater, an 800 seater theater where the production was performed as part of the the USA tour. The performances are primarily being sponsored by the Bob Woodruff Foundation, which is an impressive organisation, and also the British Council, whose Chief Executive Martin Davidson was in attendance.

The audience for the three plays varied from Top Brass Generals to ex-Ambassadors to Policy makers to journalists and many more. The plays went down really well and at the end of Part 3 there was an instant standing ovation with muted applause which I thought reflected how the audience had been moved by the totality of the experience. Part 3 must be more difficult for Americans to watch as the plays are effectively putting a mirror up to them, whereas Parts 1 and 2 deal far more with British. Throughout, the audience were absorbed and totally mesmerised. (more…)