Arcola Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company present


by Can Dündar
Adapted by Pippa Hill and Sophie Ivatts

Directed by Sophie Ivatts

Arcola’s first co-production with the Royal Shakespeare Company is a vital story about the cost of reporting the truth in the age of fake news.

When a journalist is sent a flash-drive containing critical evidence of illegal government activity, he is duty-bound to publish the story. But with the nation destabilised and divided, a sinister power is eroding the rule of law. What price will he pay for speaking out?

#WeAreArrested is a gripping play about fighting for truth in a network of lies.

Adapted from the book by Can Dündar, who was arrested for publishing footage of Turkish State Intelligence sending weapons into Syria, this deeply personal and universal story finds urgent new life as authoritarian politics spread across the globe.

★★★★★ “Dyer is electric and engaging ... providing us with inspirational colour about the darkest of subjects”The Reviews Hub

★★★★★ “Eye-opening and necessary ... a powerful story”Within Her Words

★★★★ “Dündar is played with an electric shrewdness by Peter Hamilton Dyer”The Observer

★★★★ “Affecting ... works powerfully as a parable of the fragility of freedom”The Financial Times

★★★★ “Can Dündar’s jail memoir inspires an audacious drama ... switching effortlessly between humour and seriousness”The Guardian

★★★★ “An inspiring and pivotal piece that balances beautiful writing with a significant grander meaning”BroadwayWorld UK

★★★★ “A relevant, well-realised and thought-provoking production”The Morning Star

★★★★ “A vigorous polemic about press freedom — the sort you wish didn’t have to exist”The Londonist

★★★★ “This sobering and impressively performed play is ... worth the telling and the heeding”Reviewsgate

★★★★ “A powerful re-creation ... superb adaptation”Theatre-News

★★★★ “A piece rooted in humanity and human connection ... a promising and exciting collaboration”Upper Circle

“A riveting and beautifully staged analysis of totalitarian paranoia”The Spectator

“I left the Arcola for the first time in many years remembering the power of collective action”Camden New Journal

“Gripping ... a powerful paean to language”Time Out

“Absorbing ... engrossing in its retelling of true events”Exeunt

“An arresting piece of theatre ... leaves you wanting more”Alt-Africa