Medium and message: Actors for Human Rights

Actors for Human Rights has created a play using real quotes from people who have been tortured abroad.

Actors for Human Rights has put on a play about 'extraordinary rendition', the practice of transporting terrorism suspects to other countries for interrogation.

The play tells the personal stories of people who have experienced torture and abuse. Its script uses real accounts taken from court transcripts, newspaper articles and other factual texts. Legal charity Reprieve provided playwright Christine Bacon with the material.

Rendition Monologues was performed last month at the Bridewell Theatre and the Southbank Centre in London. It is now touring around the UK.

Bacon says the play was a good way to get across the reality of what has happened to people who have been subjected to extraordinary rendition.

"Much has been written about this issue, but we rarely get a sense of the real people behind the headlines because of the state secrecy surrounding it," she says. "This gets the message across in a meaningful way."

Clive Stafford Smith, director of Reprieve, says: "One of our clients was sent to Morocco, where he confessed to all manner of crimes, but only after 18 months of repeatedly having his penis cut with a razor."

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