Osama the Hero
assignment asks students to name a contemporary hero who is prepared to give up personal wealth for what he believes in and is inspirational to many people.
This is the opening premise for the prize-winning play Osama the Hero by English playwright Dennis Kelly, who wrote it soon after the invasion of Iraq.
It won Britain's $20,000 Meyer-Whitworth award last November, after its first Australian production in Sydney.
The show, with a cast of five, now comes to La Mama with the stated aim of getting audiences to consider some of the implications of the so-called "war on terror".
"It's a deliberately provocative title designed to shock us into action," says the play's director, Syd Brisbane. "Dissent about what's happening is hard to find. You need strength and purpose to keep the debate moving forward."
Perhaps the play's director really means "shock us into inaction" and to keep us moving backward away from Osama, The Hero. But then he wouldn't be much of a Hero then, would he?