Audience becomes jury in a new play about a plane hijacked by terrorists in mid-flight. As it veers towards a packed football stadium a fighter pilot defies orders to shoot down the plane. He kills all 164 passengers and crew; he saves the 70,000 people in the stadium. Is he guilty of murder?
The audience is invited into the court room, where the pilot is on trial for murder, and asked to give the verdict.
Since premiering in Berlin in 2015 Ferdinand von Schirach's Terror has been staged in seven countries and aired on television networks across Europe. The all too pertinent dilemma and immersive audience involvement made the show a global phenomenon. Now, an English translation of Terror comes to the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith.
'It is a proper interrogation of the effect that terror has on our lives, in our attitude to the rule of law.' says artistic director, Sean Holmes. 'But it is really about our personal moral judgement as opposed to what the state might say.'
Terror is a live record of such moral judgement; the verdict for each performance is up to the audience. The stats alone (which you can explore online here) are fascinating. So far, after performances across the world, 92 per cent of shows have resulted in a 'not guilty' verdict.
How will you vote?
|What||Terror, Lyric Hammersmith|
Lyric Square, King St, W6 0QL | MAP
|Nearest tube||Hammersmith (Hammersmith & City line) (underground)|
14 Jun 17 – 15 Jul 17, 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM
|Price||£15 - £35|
|Website||Click here for more information|