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The Louis Esson Prize for Drama: Winner 2004

Judges report

Myth, Propaganda and Disaster in Nazi Germany and Contemporary America: A Drama in 30 Scenes by Stephen Sewell (Playbox/Currency)

Stephen Sewell’s play is remarkable for its scope and audacity, taking us to the ideological centre of the ‘war on terror’ and revealing the devastating cost of it to nations and individuals, and to civil liberties and intellectual freedoms. Sewell’s play is a polemic with a tragic undertow; its theatrical achievement is to show us one man destroyed by fear and compromise, and the implications for ourselves and our times.
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