By Steve Waters

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ISBN: 9781848422957
Format: 198mm x 129mm
Imprint: Nick Hern Books
Published: 15th November 2012
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Category: Modern drama (post-1945)

Series: NHB Modern Plays

First Staged: Hampstead Theatre Downstairs, London, 2012

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An absorbing study of attitudes towards outsiders, spanning two continents and sixty years.

1949. Small town Colorado. A group of regular American students struggle to accept a foreigner in their midst; their unthinking behaviour will have terrible consequences that are to change world history. In London, sixty years later, a university professor’s work analysing those consequences takes on a frightening personal dimension when Layla Ahmad walks into his office...

Blog entry: Steve Waters on the story of Ignorance/Jahiliyyah: 'Contemporary political reality can fill you with despair. Israeli rockets slaughtering children in Gaza, the ongoing bloody impasse in Syria, the intractable agonies of the Eurozone, our own ignorant little coalition/junta dismantling the things that make life in this country tolerable...' Read more >>

Steve Waters ran the MPhil in Playwriting at Birmingham University for several years; he now teaches Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia. He is also an acclaimed playwright whose plays have been staged at the Donmar Warehouse, the Sheffield Crucible, Hampstead Theatre and the Bush Theatre.

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