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I Wish To Die Singing   

by Neil McPherson

On the night of Saturday, April 24th 1915, the Armenians of Constantinople were snoring in a calm sleep – exhausted from their Easter celebrations – while in the Central Police Station a secret project was in motion...

The Armenian Genocide was the first genocide of the 20th century, perpetrated by the Ottoman Turkish Government against the Armenians, a Christian minority in a Muslim state. One and a half million people died.

To this day, the Turkish government refuses to admit that any genocide ever took place.

Commemorating the exact centenary of the deportations that began the Armenian Genocide, I Wish To Die Singing – Voices From The Armenian Genocide is a controversial documentary drama uncovering the forgotten secrets and atrocities of a denied genocide – featuring eye-witness reportage, images, music, poetry from Armenia's greatest poets, and verbatim survivors testimonies from one of the greatest historical injustices of all time.

   Production Team

Writer   Neil McPherson

Director   Tommo Fowler

Designer   Philip Lindley


Lighting & Projection Designer   Rob Mills

Sound Designer   Max Pappenheim

Costume Designer   Ele Slade

Movement Director   Ita O'Brien

Assistant Director   Sasha McMurray


Stage Manager   Verena Prandstaetter

Assistant Stage Manager   Simi Majekodunmi

Producer   Rachel Kraftman

April – May 2015
Finborough Theatre




Tommo Fowler’s strong and often uncomfortable production features a multiracial and inclusive cast, who all work hard, playing multiple roles

Aleks Sierz, The Stage   


McPherson’s play, soberly directed by Tommo Fowler and well acted by a seven-strong cast . . . movingly achieves what it sets out to do.

Michael Billington, The Guardian   


Director Tommo Fowler steers his dedicated cast through a chilling 90 minutes

The Jewish Renaissance   


not just because it is telling a powerful story but because McPherson makes these people share with us and Tommo Fowler’s direction puts that contact at the heart of his production

British Theatre Guide   

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Photography © Scott Rylander

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