On July 22, 2005, Jean Charles de Menezes, a 27-year-old Brazilian national working in the U.K. as an electrician, set out to travel from Stockwell to Kilburn after receiving a call regarding a broken fire alarm. Four years later, this production completes the journey, arriving at Kilburn's Tricycle Theatre after a three week sell-out season at the Landor Theatre near Stockwell in July. The play is created by Kieron Barry from the inquest transcripts that followed his death on a stationary underground train at Stockwell station, when officers from the Metropolitan Police's Specialist Firearms Command Unit shot him nine times at close range. The Independent Police Complaints Commission launched two investigations into the shooting, concluding that no officer would face disciplinary charges. From Sept. 22-Dec. 12 2008, an inquest met to investigate the events of July 22. One hundred witnesses and over £3 million later, it returned an open verdict.
The play is directed by Sophie Lifschutz. Barry and Lifschutz previously collaborated on Deepcut: Scenes from an Inquiry in 2008. Barry has had 13 plays produced in London in the last ten years, including Numbers, which was also seen at New York's Manhattan Repertory Theatre. Lifschutz won a Fringe First award for her production of Retreat at the Edinburgh Fringe, which was subsequently seen at London's New End Theatre.
To book tickets contact the box office at 020 7328 1000 or visit www.tricycle.co.uk.