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by Howard Brenton

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The Arrest of Ai Weiwei by Howard Brenton is based on Ai Weiwei's own account of his arrest and detention, told in [b:Hanging Man The Arrest of Ai Weiwei|17332255|Hanging Man The Arrest of Ai Weiwei|Barnaby Martin|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1361639619s/17332255.jpg|24493534] by Barnaby Martin.

On 3rd April 2011, noted Chinese artist and outspoken critic of the Communist Party, Ai Weiwei was arrested as he was boarding a flight to Taipei. Told his travel could "damage state security", he was then imprisoned incommunicado for eighty-one days. On his release the government stated his imprisonment was related to tax evasion.

Brenton's script takes this harrowing eighty-one days as its basis to explore and portray the attack on freedom of expression the artist suffered while simultaneously engaging the audience in the political discussion relating to Ai Weiwei's art, and the meaning and purpose of art. Two scenes, invented by Brenton, discuss the political ramifications of Ai Weiwei's imprisonment and give an interesting illumination into the workings of the secretive Party hierarchy.

Altogether, this play is a powerful piece of art that explores the meaning and politicisation of art, particularly in China. The final scene, Ai Weiwei's monologue to the audience, decries the lack of social change in China, for without that there can be no true freedom of art. ( )
  xuebi | May 30, 2014 |
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