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On holiday with George, Laura, Tony, Cherie and Donald

Issue No. 1925

Guantanamo Baywatch

Justin Butcher

New Players Theatre, London.

Phone 08700 332 626

Guantanamo Baywatch is the latest in Justin Butcher’s Dubya Trilogy of highly entertaining and political plays.

The US administration has decided to rebrand Guantanamo Bay as a top holiday resort in order to deflect criticism of the harsh treatment of inmates in the prison camp.

And who would be more suitable to test out this new tourist destination than George and Laura Bush, Donald Rumsfeld, and Tony and Cherie ?

The prisoners, however, have other plans.

With the help of an Al Qaida associate known as Yasmina the Cleaner, they plan a cabaret night that none of their guests is ever going to forget.

I can’t remember having laughed so much in a theatre since—well, Justin Butcher’s play The Madness of George Dubya, probably.

Out of all the recent anti-war plays I’ve seen, this is definitely the most inventive, playful and entertaining theatrical take on the war on terror—even the Cheshire Cat gets to have its say.

So do yourself a favour and get down to the New Players Theatre.

I can guarantee you will have a really good night out—and you can say hello to the human security fence for me.

Berit Kuennecke

TO WIN two tickets to see Justin Butcher’s Guantanamo Baywatch at the New Players Theatre in London, answer the following question:

What was the second play in Justin Butcher’s George Dubya trilogy?

Send your answer along with your name and contact details, by 8 November, to SW Competition, PO Box 82, London E3 3LH or e-mail

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Sat 30 Oct 2004, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1925
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