A north-east man’s life-threatening ordeal at the hands of international terrorists is the subject of a powerful new play, Be Silent or Be Killed, to be staged at Aberdeen’s Lemon Tree Studio in May as part of a Scottish tour.
The drama is based on the book of the same name by local businessman Roger Hunt and journalist Kenny Kemp, to be staged by the Moray theatre company, Right Lines Productions, in association with Eden Court in Inverness.
Four years ago, Roger left his Macduff home heading for India to set up a new project for the Royal Bank of Scotland in Mumbai. But his routine business trip turned into an extraordinary, life-changing experience when he became caught up in the now-infamous deadly terrorist attack which claimed the lives of many innocent people.
For 40 hours, he lay hidden and alone in his hotel bedroom as terrorists moved from floor to floor seeking Western targets.
Amazingly, Roger was able to communicate via his BlackBerry with colleagues in RBS headquarters in Edinburgh and it was this support, along with his own decision-making, personal resilience and determination to survive that led to his eventual rescue.
On the fourth anniversary of his ordeal, the new play Be Silent or Be Killed looks at the impact of international terrorism on the individual and the resilience of the human spirit in the face of adversity.
And well-respected Scottish actor Fraser Sivewright – who also hails from Macduff – will play the role of Roger.
The play opens in Inverness on May 3 and will tour to Perth, Glasgow, Musselburgh, Dunfermline, St Andrews, Falkirk, Cumbernauld and Paisley for three weeks, before transferring to The Lemon Tree on Friday and Saturday, May 24 and 25.
And tickets for Be Silent or Be Killed at The Lemon Tree go on sale to APA Friends on Thursday (November 29) and to the general public the following Tuesday (December 4), online at www.boxofficeaberdeen.com, by phone at 01224 641122 and at Aberdeen Box Office at the Music Hall and His Majesty’s Theatre.
This production has been made possible thanks to a Quality Arts investment award from Creative Scotland, support from Eden Court Theatre and HI-Arts and the main sponsor for the tour is Aberdeen-based The Fire Training Group.