[The following is taken from a report in today’s edition of the Maltese newspaper The Times:]
Two more nights for Lockerbie Bomber
Two more performance nights have been added to the drama The Lockerbie Bomber, following popular demand.
The play casts doubt on whether the man convicted for the Lockerbie bombing was really responsible for planting the bomb on an aircraft in Malta in 1988, before causing the UK’s worst terrorist attack.
Written by Kenneth Ross, the play will be staged again on November 15 and 16 at St James Cavalier, as well as this weekend.
Dr Jim Swire, whose 24-year-old daughter was killed in the bombing, last weekend held a question and answer session with audiences after the production.
The play is staged by DnA Theatre Productions, directed by Herman Grech and features Mikhail Basmadjian, Julia Calvert, Manuel Cauchi, Alan Montanaro, Denise Mulholland and Alan Paris.
[Nanette Brimmer, who attended a performance of the play at the weekend, wrote about it as follows:]
I knew what the subject of the play was, obviously, but wasn't prepared for the impact it would have on me. I had tears rolling down my cheeks within minutes. I was drawn in immediately, and I know that certain things I became aware of only this evening... images that were created in my mind... will never leave me. Dr Jim Swire and Mr Robert Forrester made the experience even more 'real' - although that is not quite the right word. The fatal plane crash, the victims and the contradictions surrounding the tragedy are, sadly, all too real. I can no longer be a spectator... I now feel "involved"... I, too, want the truth revealed. The Lockerbie Bomber is a must-see. Superbly directed, and interpreted by some of the most talented actors on the island, it is a thought-provoking piece of real-life drama. Well done all concerned. By popular demand, an extra weekend's performances have been added. Don't miss out.