George W. Bush as psychiatric patient in theatre


This video from the USA is called WMD LIES – Bush Cheney Rumsfeld – THE ULTIMATE CLIP.

From British weekly Socialist Worker:

Donald Freed on the cathartic power of political theatre

US playwright Donald Freed spoke to Anindya Bhattacharyya about his latest project, Patient Number One, which opens next month

It’s Christmas 2009 in a secret psychiatric unit hidden in the Florida Everglades. A psychoanalyst is about to confront the institution’s most famous inmate – former US president George Bush.

This is the premise behind Patient Number One, the latest work by the US playwright Donald Freed, which receives its world premiere at the York Theatre Royal next month.

Freed, who has been described by radical historian Studs Terkel as “the most political and pertinent of all US playwrights”, is currently playwright in residence at the York Theatre Royal and artist in residence at the Workshop Theatre of the University of Leeds.

“I suppose you might call me a voluntary exile,” he says. “I’ve been working in Britain off and on since the 1980s, writing plays that were about the US, but could only really play there by making the passage to Britain and then coming back.”

A key reason for this is the tradition of radical British theatre exemplified by playwrights such as Harold Pinter, he adds. …

Freed’s work includes The Devil’s Advocate, which examines the 1989 US invasion of Panama, and The White Crow, about the trial of Adolf Eichmann, the architect of the Holocaust. …

“Don’t think there hasn’t been a response. Look at the US today, when 4,000 US casualties in Iraq are taken with more seriousness than 40,000 were during the Vietnam War. Why is that?

“Can you believe that today they would take the same level of casualties? And that is why historically, the US empire is over.”

Patient Number One, written by Donald Freed and directed by Damian Cruden, runs at the York Theatre Royal from 1-17 May. To book tickets go here.

Political theatre in Brazil: here.

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