Search

Campaigners seek £8k to tour Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe play across the country

PUBLISHED: 18:24 11 October 2017 | UPDATED: 18:34 11 October 2017

Actress Jessica Butcher during a performance of '“Looking for Mummy: Nazanin's Story' which its producers want to tour across the UK. Picture: THOMSON REUTERS FOUNDATION / CORMAC O’BRIEN

Actress Jessica Butcher during a performance of '“Looking for Mummy: Nazanin's Story' which its producers want to tour across the UK. Picture: THOMSON REUTERS FOUNDATION / CORMAC O’BRIEN

Archant

Campaigners want to raise £8,000 to tour a play about jailed mother Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe across the country.

Nazanin's husband Richard Ratcliffe speaks after a performance of the play on October 10. Picture: THOMPSON REUTERS FOUNDATION / CORMAC O’BRIENNazanin's husband Richard Ratcliffe speaks after a performance of the play on October 10. Picture: THOMPSON REUTERS FOUNDATION / CORMAC O’BRIEN

In April 2016 Nazanin was prevented from returning to the UK after a family visit to Iran after being stopped by authorities at Tehran airport.

She was later sentenced to five years for spying in a secret trial.

On Sunday, October 8 Nazanin’s husband, Richard Ratcliffe, revealed the charity worker employed by Thomson Reuters to train journalists faced three further charges of plotting to overthrow the Iranian regime, receiving money from foreign organisations and attending a demonstration outside the Islamic Republic’s London embassy.

She could now face the prospect of another 16 years behind bars separated from Richard and their three year-old daughter Gabriella.

In August Looking for Mummy: Nazanin’s Story – a play which draws on intimate letters exchanged between the 38 year-old and accountant Richard – premiered at the Edinburgh Festival.

Now the production company behind the play inspired by Richard’s campaign to free his wife want to tour it across the country to raise awareness of Nazanin’s plight.

To date the crowdfunding effort has raised £4,260 from 142 supporters, more than half its £8,000 target.

On Tuesday the play was performed in front of a packed auditorium at the Canary Wharf headquarters of Nazanin’s employer the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

Speaking after watching the performance, Richard Ratcliffe said: “It’s a tough show to see. It’s just such a shock to see the whole story and be reminded of moments that were forgotten.

“The play really does justice to the core of what Nazanin has gone through,” he added.

On the ongoing campaign to free Nazanin which included a vigil in Parliament Square today he added: “When I started I thought it would take a few weeks. But you never know what you don’t know. It’s important for Nazanin that we keep going. She knows that we care.

“The campaign is partly about the battle to bring her home, but it’s also about the battle afterwards.

“The play ends on a note of redemption. It reminds me of the importance of celebrating the moments Nazanin and I have had,” he added.

Related articles

Latest Hampstead & Highgate News Stories

Yesterday, 17:30

Letters, contributions and comments sent in from Ham&High readers this week.

There are more than 3,000 homeless families housed by Haringey Council in temporary accommodation in the borough and more than another 1,000 housed outside the borough according to Trust for London.

Yesterday, 15:23

A woman from Temple Fortune turned have-a-go-hero and chased a pair of criminals – causing them to drop a wad of stolen cash – after an elderly woman was robbed at a Temple Fortune cashpoint.

Yesterday, 13:15

Haringey Police are appealing for infomration after a 40 year old woman was sexually assaulted on a Muswell Hill Bus.

Yesterday, 12:53

Two rogue swans rapidly regretted the decision to land on the Hampstead Heath ponds when the resident swan family chased them off the water and left them “a bit battered” on a grass verge.

Yesterday, 12:51

Westminster City Council has announced plans to bring its housing programme back in house for the first time in 16 years.

Two hundred years ago, while lodging locally, John Constable completed a series of paintings memorialised Hampstead as a sleepy village, then perched past the outskirts of London: the very model of idyllic country living.

Yesterday, 11:16

A reward of £10,000 is being offered for information into the 2013 disappearance of Kilburn man Robert Duff – who police believe may have been murdered.

PROMOTED CONTENT

Looking to get your child interested in a sport? Allianz Park, home to rugby union team Saracens, welcomes people of all ages to join their family of supporters and discover how their core values Honesty, Discipline, Humility and Work Rate underpin everything they do off and on the pitch.

As part of a major refurb, the London Marriott Hotel Maida Vale has renamed its three new-look function rooms to reflect the geography and rich history of the area. The largest, perfect for weddings and large meetings, is named after a Hampstead subterranean river, The Westbourne.

Londoners seeking high quality houses for sale within easy commuting distance of the capital are being advised to look north to St Albans’ prestigious Gabriel Square development.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read Hampstead & Highgate news

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Hampstead & Highgate Express
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now