This Friday, The Radicalisation of Bradley Manning will be performed at Connah's Quay High School. It will also be live-streamed across the globe.
I'll be watching the show online from my in-laws' house in Liverpool, and will be chatting to David House from the US Bradley Manning Support Network and Naomi Colvin from the UK Friends of Bradley Manning.
David is a friend of Bradley's (he features in the play, so it will be a curious experience for all of us watching) and has visited Bradley in Quantico. David will be seeing Bradley at his hearing this week at Fort Meade, Maryland.
David will be able to give us an update on how Bradley is doing, and he and Naomi will be able to give us their thoughts on the progress of Bradley's case.
So if you haven't seen the play yet, this will be a great night to join the livestream and get connected to the campaigners who have worked so tirelessly on behalf of Bradley.
The response the play from the campaigners and activists has been heart-warming. One of the unexpected joys of writing this play has been meeting the truly inspiring people who dedicate their lives to campaigning against injustice, war and the abuse of power.
Along the way I've been humbled by these people who stand on pavements with banners for hours on end, write letters, organise meetings, lobby politicians and in some cases give up their liberty for their beliefs. They do this not because they want to, but because they have to.
When you meet these people, and see the power of their convictions, it is impossible not to be inspired. Courage is contagious as someone once said! Ann Clwyd, the MP for Cynon Valley, who was instrumental in getting Bradley moved from the Quantico Brig, got in touch after seeing the play gave me a lecture on why this play has to tour outside of Wales (John, are your reading?). Whenever I've met Ann she's always been so placid and patient with my inane questions, but to hear her let rip left me feeling like I'd had the Alex Ferguson hairdryer treatment. It reminded me that Bradley's story inspires real passion from people, from campaigners to politicians, to playwrights, we all have something in common now.
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