The Edinburgh Fringe One-Weeker 2017 – Bin Laden: The One Man Show, 21st August 2017

Bin LadenSometimes when you see a title, you just know you have to go and see that show. That was definitely the case for me with Knaive Theatre’s production of Bin Laden: The One Man Show at +2 @ C venues – C, Chambers Street, at 18:30 on Monday 21st. Let’s take a look at the blurb: “‘Tonight, ladies and gentlemen, I am going to show you how to change the world…’ The world’s most notorious terrorist tells his remarkable, provocative and multi award-winning story. After a critically-acclaimed USA tour, this incendiary, intelligent show provides fresh perspective; creating a space for debate and dialogue within the unthinkable. Critic’s Pick Of The Fringe Award (Hollywood Fringe Festival 2016). Outstanding Actor in a Drama (San Diego International Fringe Festival 2016). Broadway Bobby (BroadwayBaby, Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2013). Top 5 Theatre Shows at the Fringe (List, Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2013).”

I’m sure this is going to have an element of the ridiculous about it – at least I hope so – but I’m pretty sure it’s also going to have its serious side too; and I do hope that rampant numbers of innocent deaths aren’t going to be comic material. We will see. Check back around 7.45pm to get our instant reactions. By then the next preview blog should be available to read too.

There was nothing ridiculous about this tour de force. Sam Redway plays Bin Laden taking the audience through the most powerful lecture and re-enactment of the birth of Al-Qaeda and it’s not only a mesmerising piece of acting but a daring challenge to the audience to examine their own motivations. In his place, would we – could we – do what he did? The answer is not straightforward.

Added to all that, I ended up playing the part of the founder of Global Jihad, Abdullah Azzam. That was a personal challenge, and I rather enjoyed it! Yet another must see show.

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