Director: Giles Croft
This powerful new play from local writer Michael Eaton explores the differing responses of the victims’ families to the release, in August 2009, of Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi, the man convicted of the bombing of the Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie in 1988.
For many, al-Megrahi’s release was a grievous insult. For others, his original conviction was a gross miscarriage of justice. Whether it was a decision they welcomed or decried, al-Megrahi’s release opened up a new chapter in the continuing ordeal of all of those bereaved by the bombing.
This is a dramatic and compelling drama which doesn’t set out to endorse one faction over another, but to document the anguished, often angry, search for justice that persists on all sides.
Michael Eaton is an award-winning screenwriter with an impressive ability for dramatizing controversial stories. His credits include Why Lockerbie?, Shipman and Shoot to Kill.
Pre-show talk Wednesday 16 June at 6pm – Tickets FREE. Call Box Office on 0115 941 9419
How real is real? David Edgar in conversation with Michael Eaton
Reality theatre has been almost as big in the 2000s as reality television. Playwright David Edgar discusses the opportunities, challenges and pitfalls of fact-based drama with Michael Eaton, author of The Families of Lockerbie. In addition to his adaptation of Julian Barnes’s Arthur & George at the Playhouse in April, David Edgar has written plays about the end of east European communism and the 2001 Northern riots.
Michael Eaton is appearing at Lowdham Book Festival on Saturday 19 June, 11.30-12.30, to discuss “chronicling controversy”. The session costs £4/£3 and is taking place at Lowdham Methodist Chapel on Main Street.
Dates & Times
|The Families of Lockerbie - Thu 10 Jun 7:45pm Thu 10 Jun||Auditorium||7:45pm|
|The Families of Lockerbie - Fri 11 Jun 7:45pm Fri 11 Jun||Auditorium||7:45pm|
|The Families of Lockerbie - Sat 12 Jun 7:45pm Sat 12 Jun||Auditorium||7:45pm|
|The Families of Lockerbie - Mon 14 Jun 7:45pm Mon 14 Jun||Auditorium||7:45pm|
|The Families of Lockerbie - Tue 15 Jun 7:45pm Tue 15 Jun||Auditorium||7:45pm|
|The Families of Lockerbie - Wed 16 Jun 7:45pm Wed 16 Jun||Auditorium||7:45pm|
|The Families of Lockerbie - Thu 17 Jun 1:30pm Thu 17 Jun||Auditorium||1:30pm|
|The Families of Lockerbie - Thu 17 Jun 7:45pm Thu 17 Jun||Auditorium||7:45pm|
|The Families of Lockerbie - Fri 18 Jun 7:45pm Fri 18 Jun||Auditorium||7:45pm|
|The Families of Lockerbie - Sat 19 Jun 7:45pm Sat 19 Jun||Auditorium||7:45pm|
it’s a stunning production
— The British Theatre Guide
Read the full review here: The British Theatre Guide review
All four actors come across with conviction and passion
— Theatreworld Internet Magazine
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The production bravely confronts terrible truths, without a single drop of mawkishness or exploitation
Read the full review here: Guide2Nottingham.com review
Eaton is meticulous with detail
Read the full review here: LeftLion review