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Love, Hate, and Human Rights

A Theatrical Response to Russian Article 6.21 and Other Human Rights Concerns Worldwide


17-22 September 2013, 7:30pm

Barons Court Theatre



Eight new short plays will take to the stage for a week to protest Putin’s Anti-LGBT laws and other human rights violations worldwide.


Emerging theatre company Kibo Productions was formed to develop and stage plays that are immediate and engaging to the public. Article 2.21 has been the catylst for many to speak out, and we could not in good conscience ignore the need to respond to this disturbing situation.


We've been liaising with Amnesty International and will donate a percentage of our box office to raise money for their campaign in Russia and hope Love, Hate, and Human Rights will raise both funds and awareness for the work they do worldwide. We've also been communicating with the Peter Tatchell Foundation, who we greatly respect for their tireless human rights campaigning, and had support from a number of new writing establishments to help us find our plays, including The Bush Theatre, Royal Court Writers Program, Tricycle Young Writers, PapaTango New Writing Competition, Little Pieces of Gold, The Off Cut Festival, Theatre503, and the Bruntwood Prize.


Artistic Director Sharon Willems:  My hope is that our festival will bring important political topics to the forefront with theatrical abandon, encourage everyday people like us to speak and take action on important issues effecting the world we share, and remind LGBT people living in fear in Russia and beyond that they are not forgotten. We must all stand up for communities who are being forced into silence through violence and intimidation, and at Kibo Productions we are proud to stage work that encourages debate and advocates for human rights everywhere.


The Love, Hate, and Human Rights plays include:


In A Moment by Andre de Sousa

Director: Rachel Knightley

‘Do you know that moment when you suddenly realize your life is about to change? I do.’

An intimate portrayal of the joy and danger of being a young gay man in love today.


The Kiss by Jonathan Skinner

Director: Madelaine Moore

Jonathan Skinner’s comedy takes us on Alexa’s absurd journey after she’s arrested for kissing her girlfriend in public.


Conflict Tourism by Roz Wyllie

Director: Bethany Pitts

Can Mel, Donna, and Cassie’s friendship survive when one of them turns activist? A feminist take on how problems ‘over there’ effect our lives right here.


Water Under the Board by Christopher Adams

Director: Dan Hutton

A dark meditation on what we deem acceptable behaviour from our armed forces.


Non-Traditional by Anonymous

Director: Becka McFadden

Masha and Nikolai’s wedding night bliss is about to begin when a knock on the door brings an unwelcome visitor from the Ministry of Justice. Here we provocatively examines what Putin might classify as traditional and non-traditional sex.


Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell by Michael Ross

Director: Victor Correia

It’s 2010 and Bradley (now Chelsea) Manning is having a fling while on leave in Michael Ross’ fictional portrayal of a young soldier oblivious to what fate has in store.


Security by Will Howells

Director: Sarah Meadows

Keith is a 30-something Dad who’s loves his daughter, deep pan feasty meaty pizzas, and Breaking Bad. He’s as average as they come, so what could the MI5 possibly want with him?


Against the Law by Tina Jay*

Director: Sharon Willems

Britain, 1954. Peter Wildeblood’s trial and conviction for homosexuality is the scandal of the decade and lands Wildeblood in prison for 18 months. What happens next sets off a chain of events that changes Britain’s cultural landscape forever.


* Previous Winner of the Kenneth Branagh Award for New Drama Writing


Love, Hate, and Human Rights Listing Information:

Performances: 17-22nd September, 7:30pm

Running time: 2hrs with a 15min interval.
Each play will perform every night.

Barons Court Theatre
28a Comeragh Road
W14 9HR
West Kensington/Barons Court Tubes

Tickets £12/£10 Concessions
Reserve via email at or call 020 8932 4747

10% of the box office will be donated to Amnesty International


For Love, Hate, and Human Rights press enquiries, please contact Leo Bacica on / 07833 913760

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