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Justifying War

Issue No. 1876

THIS IS a dramatisation of the Hutton inquiry by the anti-war director Nicholas Kent.

He also produced the Colour of Justice, which was a powerful play showing the Macpherson inquiry into the death of Stephen Lawrence.

'The inquiry is of enormous public interest and it hasn't been broadcast-either on radio or television,' says Kent.

'In a way the title's a pun. It's both justifying war between the BBC and the government, and a question of whether the war was justified.

'I do think we should, as a public, know the justification for this war. I don't think we're going to get a public inquiry and this will be the nearest thing to it.' Justifying War opened at the Tricycle Theatre in Kilburn, north London, on Thursday of last week and continues in London until 29 November.

Serjeant Musgrave's Dance

THE OXFORD Stage Company's version of this brilliant anti-war play is currently on tour.

It is set in a mining community in the north of England in the 1860s during the time of the Crimean War. Musgrave and the soldiers arrive to break up a strike in the colliery. Then miners take matters into their own hands.

John Arden's play, first performed in 1959, was inspired by 'the hideous contemporary activities of the British army in Cyprus'.

Serjeant Musgrave's Dance comes to Oxford (4-8 November), Bury St Edmunds (11-15 November) and York (18-22 November).

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Sat 8 Nov 2003, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1876
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