Sunday Play : Safe Haven

Safe Haven is a pitch black comedy set in Bosnia immediately after the war.

Sarajevo, November 1995. A cease-fire just about holds while the politicians carve up the country in Dayton, Ohio. Captain James Mole, the UN’s head of intelligence (unofficial and deniable) is the virtuoso of vice who made it happen on the ground. He uses extortion against corruption, savagery against violence and plays on every base instinct known to man – all in the service of the international community. So it seems perfectly reasonable that in his last weeks he makes some money, thanks to a deal with Sarajevo’s biggest war profiteer Branco, and regains a bit of professional honour by catching the indicted war criminal Drankovic. That both plans are illegal under the United Nation’s mandate doesn’t bother him. That it upsets his superiors doesn’t worry him either, but when he’s detailed as military liaison to Victoria Speight-Hamilton, the na•ve and idealistic head of Britain’s aid mission, the familiar rhythms of war begin beat against him.

Save Haven is what happens when cynicism clashes with na•vetŽ, aid with military objectives and clowns in a London bus get mixed up with psychiatrists, gangsters and wanted war criminals.

Ian Harris – Capt. Mole
Antonia Windsor – Victoria
Anna Stephan – Aida
Vedad Sablji_ – Branco
Andrew Price – Col. Peterson
Jack Hughes – Michael Haines-Johnson
Dado Dzihan – Vedran

Sarajevo sound recording and research by Neboj a Jandri
Sound production, design and Editing by Chris French
Associate produced by Nata a Jandri and Adna Sablji

Written and directed by Dan Davies

6 thoughts on “Sunday Play : Safe Haven

  1. gus z

    well written & intelligent play. Humourous exposure of war. definitely have a listen – not enough stuff like this.

  2. Drazen

    For me Safe Haven presents very real picture of Sarajevo in war. This comedy reveals dark background of peace-political actions led by lords of war. Acting is impressive and sounds of this besieged city are vivid. It was very interesting to listen, from first minute until very end.

  3. Mama Kukumka

    Really enjoyed this play.
    Finally a different prospective on the Bosnian war.
    Black humor is something Bosnians are proud of and this play has plenty of it.

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