When: 12th – 16th September 2017
Where: At various locations in Central London, coinciding with DSEI Arms Fair
£: All shows are in public spaces and are free to attend and open to all. Places should be booked online
What is it?
Enjoy a brand new theatrical experience this September, part stage performance, part fashion show, and part interactive educational exposition. Arming The World will be aiming to raise public awareness of the significant role HM Government and the British Arms Trade play around the world.
With DSEI – one of the world’s biggest arms fairs – returning to London this year to showcase some of the most lethal weapons available to purchase from British ‘defence and security’ companies and a range of other major players in the arms industry, the ‘ArmingTheWorld: Outreach Team’ will give a satirical, colourful and fun presentation on some of the products which are taking the world’s military-industrial complexes by storm.
From a Euro Fighter Typhoon Jet (as seen regularly in the ongoing conflict in Yemen), to a can of CS Spray (tear gas), the outreach team will be hitting five different destinations in central London to introduce the very best in British-made weapons via the world’s first Weapons Catwalk Show demonstrating to taxpaying audiences that with their help, ‘The sun never sets on the British arms trade’.
The weapons themselves (portrayed by highly trained actors in an incredible array of costumes) will describe how they have been made, how they are used and how they are traded. Arming the World aims to be entertaining, educational and interactive, with audience members encouraged to take a selfie with a fighter jet, Facebook Live Tear Gas or ‘Boomerang’ a missile to spread the word.
Arming the World has been created by stage designer takis, specific theatre Teatro Vivo and theatre company ice and fire – known for their use of performance to explore human rights issues.
More info: www.armingtheworld.co.uk