Hampstead theatre, London
This adaptation shows the nightmarish conflicts faced by Stewart as a provincial governor in Iraq but fails to connect with the bigger political picture
There have been plays, such as David Hare’s Stuff Happens, that examined the causes of western intervention in Iraq. Stephen Brown’s adaptation of Rory Stewart’s 2006 memoir of his time as a provincial governor in post-Saddam Iraq is one of the first to look at the actual consequences. The result is instructive, enlightening and very well staged by Simon Godwin but, at 105 minutes, it leaves too little time to pursue the questions that it raises. For once, I wished a play had been much longer.