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.

Lyn Gardner avatar
6 November 2019  ·  Follow on Stagedoor
“First seen briefly at the RSC’s Mischief’s Festival in 2018, Pippa Hill and Sophie Ivatts play is adapted from a book by Turkish journalist Can Dundar. Dundar was thrown into jail for reporting that his government’s intelligence services were sending weapons to Syria. It’s a show about a man who turned his prison cell into a microphone so he could tell the truth. In an age of fake news, it’s got a full run courtesy of the first co-production between the RSC and the Arcola.”


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.

Critic reviews

An inspiring and pivotal piece that balances beautiful writing with a significant grander meaning

Broadway World

A vigorous polemic about press freedom — the sort you wish didn’t have to exist


Gripping but weirdly anonymised adaptation of editor Can Dündar’s memoir about his arrest by the Turkish state

Time Out

An urgent piece of theatre which asks us to scrutinise what we know is true, and how we can fight to keep it so


A rallying cry for freedom of the press


Drama that uses minimal resources to tell the story of newspaper editor Can Dundar

Financial Times

Date & time

Show ended
Wed 13 Nov - Sat 7 Dec, 2.30pm & 7.30pm


24 Ashwin St E8 3DL London, UK · Get Directions
‐ ‐
No user reviews
Be the first to review it
Loading user reviews…

Be the first to review this show.

Open in app