Thursday 8 August 2013

"The most important play you will see this year"

[What follows is a review by Alex Eades of the play The “Lockerbie Bomber” published on the Edinburgh Guide website:]

This December will be the 25th anniversary of the Lockerbie bombing and, a quarter of a century after the horrific attack, controversy surrounding the event has never been more heated. With more questions than answers presenting themselves as time has rolled on, suspicion has increased over the official story and calls for a public enquiry have grown ever louder.
Lending its voice to this cry is a new play by Kenneth N Ross, which lays out the facts surrounding the worst terrorist attack ever committed in the United Kingdom. What we arrive at is a story far from the one we have been told and leads us pondering two clear and important questions: was Abdelbaset al-Megrahi truly responsible? And, if not, who was?
The “Lockerbie Bomber” is a powerful, passionate and persuasive piece that will shatter and enrage you. It is, without a shadow of a doubt, the most important play you will see this year. Everybody should be made to watch this.
Meticulously researched and delivered with real heart and soul by its remarkable cast, the audience was left stunned and bewildered as the show came to its close. The emotion and intelligence that we were confronted with was quite overwhelming, leaving a firm lump in the throat and an unashamed tear in the eye.
Whether or not a public enquiry into the Lockerbie bombing will ever come to light, only time will tell. To protect itself, as the play suggests, the Scottish Government may have little choice but to eventually answer some very awkward questions. Kenneth R Ross’s haunting and brave play has set out its arguments with clarity and heart. Now, will Mr Salmond come and watch?
Runs until 13 Aug, 12 noon.
Nugget Theatre Company
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Kenneth N Ross


  1. I could not agree more. There should be a special showing for MSP’s in the Scottish Parliament with Crown Office representatives invited to share this heart rending, and one hopes, chastening experience. Perhaps then our leaders would realise the tragedy of Lockerbie is not forgotten but is still very much a live issue. The failure by our government to act to remove this massive stain on Scotland’s justice system will I hope become part of the independence debate. Put simply I have no wish to belong to an independent Scotland where justice can so easily be cast aside in the name of political expediency.


    Breaking News:

    The "Lockerbie Saga" arose from "Smoke coming from a suitcase"!
    Original entry numbered 54129 in the FAG Airport security log.
    The "hallucination" was a Time set (13:01 clock) while the Gepacks coding Air Malta's flight
    KM-180, on counter V3-206
    More background, about the "deception trace" are shortly before the enlightenment at Airport Frankfurt...

    First of all: The "legally assertion" by the court in Kamp van Zeist of a transfer of a "Bomb Bag" from Air Malta, KM-180 to PanAm, PA-103/A, in Frankfurt is a miscarriage of Justice !

    Edwin and Mahnaz Bollier, MEBO Ltd. Telecommunication, Switzerland. Our webpage:

  3. Iain, I'm a bit hazy about what a showing of the play in the parliament would accomplish. It's brilliant, and the acting is superb, but it's fiction. The bits that aren't are merely assertion. They would have no problem handwaving it aside.

    Would you really vote against Scotland's future merely because of the horrendous Augean Stables of the Crown Office? It GOT that way under the union, after all. I see no mechanism within the union of remedying it, either.

  4. Libya and Megrahi were the scapegoats, but Scotland was the patsy who delivered the guilty verdict. A verdict used by US and UK to excuse years of sanctions and finally the destruction of Libya.

    Therefore overturning the extraordinary miscarriage of justice is not just about restoring the Scottish judiciary but about restoring honour too.

    But if the Scottish Parliament is unwilling to over-rule the Crown Office will independence as Iain Mckie says, just mean more of the same?

    And is independence really on offer, because ‘Who controls the money, controls the country’!

    But the SNP’s independence referendum is not proposing a separate currency and fiscal independence.

    Instead they propose to leave the UK but remain in Stirling and remain in the EU but outside the Euro.

    This pig’s ear will result in Scotland having no influence over UK/Stirling policy and less influence over EU policy too!

    And not joining the Euro will result in no influence over Euro policy.

    Their presumption that the rump UK will continue to promote the Scottish interest within Stirling out of self-interest implies the UK government is doing so already!

    But removing the Scottish influence from the UK government will put this at risk.

    Also leaving the UK would reduce Scottish influence over EU policy too, because a UK government has more clout than Scotland due to economic size, despite being outside the Euro.

    That’s why I can’t see the canny Scots voting for the ‘independence’ on offer.

  5. It's been a long time since the seat of government in Scotland was in Stirling. The capital city has been Edinburgh for quite some time now.

  6. Dear Rolfe,

    A sterling response?

  7. Oh, so you looked it up? Well done.