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Dr Alistair Brown | Associate lecturer in English Literature; researching video games and literature

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Like Enemies of the State

Saturday, October 12, 2013

A quick shout out for a new and very worthy play that is written and directed by a good friend of mine, Tommy Lexen.

Like Enemies of the State is based on Tommy's encounters with child soldiers, NGOs and aid agencies, when he travelled through the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2011. The play is a challenging piece of political theatre which exposes the bind in which former child soldiers find themselves. After managing to escape from war they find that they are stuck facing an existence of poverty, outcast from society. The only alternative to this unbearable life is to rejoin the war.



Like Enemies of the State runs from 15th to 26th October at the New Diorama theatre in London. Tommy is also looking for crowdfunding to support the play, including the various educational talks associated with the production. I know how hard Tommy has had to work to get this off the ground, and also how much of his own money he has had to pour into a venture which is intended to highlight one of the most horrifying stories of modern war. Donations are gratefully received at http://www.sponsume.com/project/enemies-state.

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