• "Uncovering Afghanistan" at Nottingham Playhouse

"Uncovering Afghanistan" at Nottingham Playhouse

30 April 2013

Nottingham Playhouse is hosting a month of events about Afghanistan to mark its European premiere of The Kite Runner, a play adapted from Khaled Hosseini’s award winning novel.

Events include Q and A sessions with the playwright who adapted the novel, as well as the play's director and cast.  Other Afghan-themed events include kitemaking classes, talks about literature, culture and travel writing in Afghanistan and a discussion on how authors writing about the country are challenging stereotypes in the media.

The Kite Runner shows for three weeks in Nottiingham before transferring to the Brighton Festival in late May and to the Liverpool Playhouse in June- July.

The play centres around the friendship of two young Afghan boys, Amir and Hassan, in the 1970s.  Amir is desperate to win the local kite-fighting tournament.  Hassan promises to help him.  Neither can foresee what will happen to Hassan that fateful day, an event which will shatter their lives.  

Amir’s family is forced to flee to the United States after Soviet forces invade Afghanistan.  He becomes a successful novelist.  However, he eventually returns to Afghanistan, which is now under Taliban rule, to find redemption.

Since it was first published in 2003, “The Kite Runner” has won numerous awards.  The novel was also made into a successful Hollywood film, which was nominated for an Oscar.

See our "Events" section for details of venue, performances and tickets for the play.

Click here for more details of Uncovering Afghanistan, which runs from 21 April - 16 May