BLACK BOX 149 STAGE PLAY BY ROSEMARY JOHNS
VENUE: State Theatre Nuremberg
The play is a fictionalised account based on a true incident. August 2nd 1990, the day Kuwait was invaded, has become the day started two Gulf Wars. BA 149, the last commercial flight out of Kuwait Airport, was stranded as Saddam Hussein's forces invaded. The pilot, his crew and passengers were taken hostage and as 'guests' became human shields. The story of that time is realised through the pilot's memory fragments as told to his daughter in a last will and testament. The pilot realises he was betrayed at a fundamental level – both then and now – by the duplicity of the West. The black box is a metaphor for the pilot's mental landscape of confinement.
State Theatre Nuremberg Team: Director: Christian Papke; Set Design: Lena Scheerer; Costume Design: Anne Cierpka; Dramaturgy: Friederike Engel - Actors: Heimo Essl (Pilot), Sohel Altan Gol (Man); Translation: André Bastian
Rosemary Johns, playwright, was the recipient of the Australian Government’s Anzac Centenary Arts and Culture Fund 2015 for “As Told By The Boys Who Fed Me Apples” (2016 Big West Festival). Her works have been recognized globally with innumerable presentations/performances at the curated conferences of Women Playwrights International, Cape Town WPIC 2015, Riksteatern Stockholm 2012, Mumbai WPIC 2009, and Athens 2000. Her plays could also be seen in New Zealand and several states in Australia.