Comedy writer turns to Iraq for inspiration for new play coming to Bedford

The Collector is set in Mazrat Prison, Iraq in 2003
The Collector is set in Mazrat Prison, Iraq in 2003

A tale of murder, evil and betrayal set in occupied Iraq will be staged at the Quarry Theatre in Bedford on Tuesday October 11.

One of the most highly-acclaimed shows at the 2014 Edinburgh Festival, The Collector won a Scotsman Fringe First Award, which was followed by a sold-out run at the Arcola Theatre.

The play is written by political satirist Henry Naylor, who was lead writer on Spitting Image and Dead Ringers before turning to theatre. His plays include Finding Bin Laden, Hunting Diana and Echoes, which won the Spirit of the Fringe Award at the Edinburgh Festival and five awards, including Critic’s Choice, at the Adelaide Fringe Festival.

The Collector is set in Mazrat Prison, Iraq in 2003. It tells the story of Nassir, a translator for the American interrogators. He’s local, pro-Western, determined to bring liberal values to his country and is about to get married to Zoya, his sweetheart. But when he is recognised by Faisal, new prisoner and psychotic supporter of the old regime, his life becomes a living hell.

Director Michael Cabot is artistic director of London Classic Theatre, one of the UK’s most prolific touring theatre companies.

The show starts at 7.30pm and runs for 75 minutes with no interval.

It is suitable for ages 12 and above..

Tickets cost £12 or £10 for concessions .

Call 01234 362269 or visit www.quarrytheatre.org.uk to book or for more information.