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11 and 12

PUBLISHED: 16:48 16 February 2010 | UPDATED: 14:53 24 August 2010

AN extraordinary conflict in West Africa under French occupation is explored in a new play which shows how a dispute over whether a certain prayer should be recited 11 or 12 times leads to hatred and massacre. Directed by Peter Brook the play, appropri

AN extraordinary conflict in West Africa under French occupation is explored in a new play which shows how a dispute over whether a certain prayer should be recited 11 or 12 times leads to hatred and massacre.

Directed by Peter Brook the play, appropriately entitled 11 and 12, comes to the Barbican as part of an international tour.

The question of violence and the true place of tolerance make this epic story as relevant today as it's ever been.

Over the past 50 years Peter Brook has irrevocably influenced the landscape of theatre, and has inspired a new generation of theatre practitioners.

His work has been seen been featured in the Barbican's bite series three times previously, in 2007 with Sizwe Banzi is Dead, in 2006 with The Grand Inquisitor and in 2005 with Ta main dans la mienne.

Performances for 11 and 12 continue until Saturday 27 February.

To complement 11 and 12 Barbican Film presents a season of Peter Brook's work for the big screen.

The Directorspective: Peter Brook, until February 27, features his definitive adaptation of William Golding's Lord of the Flies, The Beggar's Opera with Laurence Olivier as MacHeath and the extraordinary Marat/Sade staring Patrick Magee as the Marquis de Sade, Ian Richardson as Jean-Paul Marat and Glenda Jackson as Charlotte Corday

For tickets call or 0845 120 7550 or visit www.barbican.org.uk/bite.


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