Blood Gold and Oil “We fought on a lie”


Rootball & Chromolume Theatre present

From the Arab revolt of the First World War, a modern hero is constructed: the complex, flawed
figure of Lawrence of Arabia. His legacy is as conflicted as his psyche. Brilliant military commander?

Agent of British Imperialism? Vulnerable fantasist? Freedom Fighter?

Written by Jan Woolf
Directed by Isaac Bernier-Doyle
Upstairs at the Gatehouse 25 – 30 April 2023

Set in the present day, as an exhibition of the genuine archaeological finds is set up in a museum,
the ghost of Lawrence is summoned through the passions of the archaeologist. Yet reality and
agency reside in the more grounded figure who thinks about the future rather than the past.

Written for the 20th anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, Jan Woolf started the play as writer in
residence with the Great Arab Revolt archaeological dig in Jordan in 2013 where she ‘dug a play out
of the desert.’

Listings information
25th – 30th April

Upstairs at the Gatehouse, Highgate Village, N6 4BD
Tues – Sat, 7.30pm, Sun 4pm | Running Time: 90 minutes
£20 – £16 | www.upstairsatthegatehouse.com | 020 8340 3488

Organised by Rootball & Chromolume Theatre