BU’s Dr Einar Thorsen will be speaking about Manning, whistleblowers and journalism at today’s post-show debate of Desert, the MolinoGroup’s play about Manning being performed at the Lighthouse in Poole.
If you had unprecedented access to classified networks 14 hours a day, 7 days a week for 8+ months, what would you do?
In 2010 Pfc Bradley Manning, a US Army intelligence analyst, leaked classified documents to WikiLeaks. In 2013, he was sentenced to 35 years in jail for this crime. In 2013, Bradley Manning became Chelsea Manning.
How did this 26 year old super-intelligent, awkwardly effeminate soldier become the centrepiece in the war between WikiLeaks and the US Government? And what now for Manning?
Desert explores the extraordinary true story of this little-known but hugely significant figure, blending real-life transcripts with imagined events. Responding to events as they happen, the MolinoGroup’s “excellent new play” (Exeunt) captures the force of this compelling, contemporary narrative.
During the Spring 2014 tour of Desert, one performance at each venue will feature a post-show debate & discussion with guest speakers
The first such event takes place at The Lighthouse, Poole on Thu 6th March following that evening’s performance, and will feature guest speakers Justin Murphy (University of Southampton) and Einar Thorsen (Bournemouth University):
Justin Murphy is Lecturer in Politics at University of Southampton, where he researches and teaches political economy and politics of the media. He writes widely about social theory and politics on his website, jmrphy.net, and tweets frequently from @jmrphy. He is originally from Philadelphia.