In 2005 I wrote and directed a production, Redemption: Through the eyes of Shakespeare. It was performed in a small community hall in the hills district of Sydney with a cast of 20 students aged 13 to 17. I'm pleased to say I am getting a second stab at directing my own work, this time at the National Institute of Dramatic Art. 21 students of NIDA's Drama Studio will rehearse on Sundays during October and November for an early December performance. This is a project close to my own heart...
'On 11 September 2001, 19 Islamist terrorists affiliated with al-Qaeda coordinated suicide attacks upon the United States killing 2,974 innocent people.
On 12 October 2002, various members of Jemaah Islamiyah, a violent Islamist group detonated 3 bombs in a Balinese tourist district killing 202 innocent people and injuring a further 209 people.
Redemption: Through the eyes of Shakespeare was my response.'
Note: As I finished the first draft of Redemption: Through the eyes of Shakespeare, on 7 July 2005 British Islamist extremists detonated a series of coordinated bomb blasts that hit London's public transport system killing 52 innocent people and injuring a further 700 people.
As we rehearsed the original production of Redemption: Through the eyes of Shakespeare, on 1 October 2005, bombs exploded at two sites in south Bali killing twenty innocent people and injuring a further 129 people.