Howard Brenton’s new play ‘The Arrest of Ai Weiwei’ is based on Ai Weiwei’s account in Barnaby Martin’s book Hanging Man, which is directed by James Macdonald, and designed by Ashley Martin Davis. Benedict Wong plays Ai Weiwei for it.
Howard Brenton’s new play is based on recent conversations with Ai in which he told the story of that imprisonment – by turns surreal, hilarious, and terrifying. A portrait of the Artist in extreme conditions, it is also an affirmation of the centrality of Art and of freedom of speech in civilised society.
On 3 April 2011, as he was boarding a flight to Taipei, the Chinese Artist Ai Weiwei was arrested at Beijing Airport. Advised merely that his travel “could damage state security” he was escorted to a van by officials, after which he disappeared for 81 days. On his release, the government claimed that his imprisonment related to tax evasion.
霍華德·布倫頓(Howard Brenton)的新劇是根據巴納比·馬丁 (Barnaby Martin)的《吊着的人(Hanging Man)》當中的 關於艾未未的故事改編的,本劇由詹姆斯·麥克唐納(James Macdonald)導演,黃本尼迪克特(Benedict Wong)扮演艾未 未,阿什利·馬丁·戴維斯(Ashley Martin Davis)負責設計。
霍華德·布倫頓的新劇是基於最近他與艾未未的對談,艾未未講 述了他被監禁的故事,展示了一個在極端條件下的藝術家的肖 像,也是對藝術和自由言論在文明社會中的一種肯定。
展覽場地: Hampstead Theatre 漢普斯特德劇院