Authors Read At Local Library

Shakespeare is brought to life

Authors Qais Akbar Omar and Stephen Landrigan visited Morden Library to read from their work, 'Shakespeare in Kabul'.

The event, organised by Merton Council in partnership with the British Council, was part of the World Shakespeare Festival 2012 and followed a performance at London's Globe Theatre by the actors who feature in the book.

Qais Akbar Omar and Stephen Landrigan (right) co-wrote 'Shakespeare in Kabul', which tells the true tale of a group of actors in Afghanistan's capital who performed Shakespeare's Love's Labour's Lost. Their Afghan audiences and journalists from all over the world cheered as they saw men and women acting on stage together for the first time in years.

Qais Akbar Omar said: "2012 is an exciting year for us, to be part of the World Shakespeare Festival.

"Shakespeare has an appeal that crosses nations because he writes about issues and emotions that affect all of us. His play was the perfect backdrop to a book addressing the joys and tragedies that have been prevalent in Afghanistan over the decades."

June 1, 2012