The Judgement of Hakim
19th - 20th September 2014
Written by Andrew Sherlock
Directed by Mark Smith
Performed by Nick Birkenshaw
The Judgement of Hakim is more of an experience than simply a play, with
the audience thrust into the spotlight as we become the interrogated.
Hakim, the interrogator, played by the magnificent Nick Birkinshaw, makes
it clear we can leave if we wish - with permission naturally. He examines
how much information we are willing put out into the world, without ever
really understanding where that information goes. Whether it be credit
cards, social media or texting, the idea that we are monitored beyond
our comprehension is as worrying as it is terrifying. It is the conspiracy
lover’s dream, in which we are all guilty of something and the question
of how far ‘they’ can go to find out what we are guilty of
is fully open for discussion.
The performance borders on the uncomfortable from the minute it begins,
Birkenshaw is as disturbing as he is spine chilling. As the creepy yet
dapper older gentleman dealing in the shadows of society, Birkenshaw captivates
his audience as he teases them into the palm of his hand. It is almost
as if he was born to play the role of Hakim. He cleverly questions our
morals and makes us question how we would feel if it was one of our own
at risk and torture was the only way to get the information required.
The Judgement of Hakim is not an easy play to watch, it is troubling,
disconcerting and yet though provoking and illuminating. It is wonderfully
written and Sherlock has clearly crafted something very special here,
luckily, he has Birkensaw to bring his idea to life.