Desert

"If you had unprecedented access to classified networks 14 hours a day, 7 days a week for 8+ months, what would you do?"

Chelsea Manning is currently serving 35 years in jail for leaking classified documents to WikiLeaks in 2010. Then known as Pfc Bradley Manning, this 26 year old super-intelligent, socially-awkward soldierís actions saw her become the centrepiece in a war between whistleblowers and the US Government.

In the era of Wikileaks and Edward Snowden, how will history remember Manning?

Through the eyes of an everyday individual Desert explores this hugely significant figure, blending real-life transcripts with imagined events. Responding to an ongoing political story as it unfolds, the MolinoGroupís "excellent new play" (Exeunt) captures the force of a compelling, contemporary narrative.

The Spring 2014 tour of Desert was supported by Arts Council England and Unity Theatre Trust.