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Assange play “Prisoner at the World’s End” at LaMama

November 11, 2023 IN WIP
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My inspiration to write the work came after hearing lawyer Jennifer Robinson at La Mama Courthouse, with Barrie Cassidy interviewing her and fielding questions from the audience at this PEN event,  speak about Julian’s  plight and the actual physical conditions of the prison. How tortuous it was to get through various security blocks to see him. After the talk, I spoke to her and she told me how on her way to see Assange, she stops at a  tea bar run by a few volunteers, where she can pick up a kit-kat for Julian and a coffee. This was the inspiration for the play.

The play is a theatrical meditation on truth and the imprisonment of Julian Assange.


For bookings: Prisoner at the World’s End

On Wednesday 15 November at 6:30pm in Carlton VIC, experience a theatrical meditation on truth and the imprisonment of Julian Assange in R.Johns’ new play, Prisoner at the World’s End showing at La Mama. Proceeds from the evening will be donated to Assange Campaign Australia.

Set truth free

A theatrical meditation on truth and the imprisonment of Julian Assange, as seen through the eyes of very different women who work as volunteers in a tea bar at HMP Belmarsh, London.

Beneath their feet runs a Neolithic pathway. Does violent primitive justice and magical thinking, still permeate the walls within England’s most notorious prison and justice system?

Prisoner at the World’s End will also be livestreamed on Nov 24, Friday, 7.30pm. Livestream playback will be available for 72 hours after the show.

Dates: Nov 15 – Nov 26

Wed: 6.30pm

Thurs, Fri, Sat: 7.30pm

Sun: 4pm

plus Livestream: Nov 24, Fri, 7.3opm

Running time: 80 mins

La Mama HQ
205 Faraday St, Carlton VIC 3053


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People say that (writers) are pretty powerless: we don’t have an army, we don’t have a bureaucracy. But if that were true, then why would writers be arrested?... Because the spoken word is powerful.

— John Ralston Saul on the work of PEN International