Private: Guantanamo Boy

Show Details

Dates: 6 - 11 Nov 2013
Times: Wed - Thu 4.30pm & 7pm, Fri 10.30am & 1.30pm, Sat 2pm & 7pm, Mon 4.30pm & 7pm
Running Time: 60 mins
Age Range: 12+

Half Moon presents a Brolly production, based on the critically acclaimed novel by Anna Perera
Guantanamo Boy

"Innocent until proven guilty? Not here you're not"


“Innocent until proven guilty? Not here you’re not”

Khalid likes football, hip hop, computer games and has a big crush on a girl – like any other teenage boy. Except being a young Muslim in the aftermath of 9/11 can be very dangerous. Snatched in the middle of the night he is thrown into a nightmare world in which he is presumed guilty. Alone, afraid and far from home, will he have the strength to survive? Guantanamo Boy asks difficult questions about how we balance human rights and national security – and what happens if we get the balance wrong. This powerful and immersive play takes the audience into the heart of the ‘war on terror’ seen through the eyes of one boy.

“…A fast-moving piece that packs a great deal into its hour playing time…imaginatively mounted by director Dominic Hingorani and designer Rachana Jadhav, it is played with feeling.”

British Theatre Guide

Digital Platform

An innovative digital platform that accompanies the play is an exciting participatory way for young people to learn about the wider political context that led to Khalid’s detention and features ‘talking heads’ from leading advocacy organisations such as Amnesty International and the Human Rights Lawyers Association.

Book Signings

Guantanamo Boy author, Anna Perera will be signing books after two performances of the play; 7pm, Thu 7 Nov and 7pm, Sat 9 Nov. Books will be available to buy at Half Moon, courtesy of Victoria Park Books.


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Originally commissioned by Stratford Circus. Presented with the permission of Puffin Group. Supported by Arts Council England, the Stanley Thomas Johnson Foundation, HRLA, University of East London and Unity Theatre Trust

There will also be a free to attend open rehearsal, your chance to see behind the scenes of how a play is rehearsed, on Wed 30 Oct, 2.30-4.30pm as part of Black History Month.


For schools bookings contact: Beccy Allen, Creative Producer on 020 7709 8908