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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Black Comedy Explores First War in Afghanistan

The Met welcomes Monkey Poet\’s Welcome to Afghanistan on Thursday 8 September at 7.30pm.

The words Afghan war and comedy aren\’t usually ones you would associate with each other, but that\’s exactly what stand-up poet Matt Panesh set out to do with his one-man show, Welcome To Afghanistan.
1838, 1878, 2001… In the last two centuries, Britain has been involved in three brutal wars in Afghanistan. In this new blacker-than-black comedy, Monkey Poet (aka stand-up rhymster Matt Panesh) jumps back in time to the 1830s and our first and most disastrous Afghan war. Drawing on actual eye witness testimony, he weaves a vivid tale of cynical politicians, bumbling generals and weary squaddies.

Based on the memoir of Lt John Greenwood (first published in 1844) and documents from the First Afghan War. Bringing to life characters including the Duke of Wellington, Lord Auckland (whom instigated the war), and Dr Brydon (the only survivor of General Elphinstone\’s army), the story unfolds the absurdity, tragedy and exoticism of a sweeping war epic.

\”Deadly historical accuracy and wicked barrages of humour…Taken beyond Edinburgh as this show should and must do…\” The Stage

Co-written, produced and acted by Matt Panesh (winner of 7 Fringe Awards), Welcome to Afghanistan is a passionate show, performed in a double bill with Monkey Poet\’s Welcome to the UK!, a hilarious look at modern Britain.

\”There are many laughs to be had, and a particularly poetic and resonant finale will have you thinking about the show for a long time after you\’ve left your seat.\” London Review

Tickets for the event are £8 advance, £6 concessions or £5 for under 26s. The show lasts 55 minutes and is suitable for over 14s. To book call the ticket office on 0161 761 2216 or go on line www.themet.biz
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