Clear Spot: The Pirates of Carthage

A play by UK based artist Daniel Kelly about the Arab Spring in Tunisia, as the story unravelled on Twitter. It is composed of Twitter messages from the weeks up to the deposition of President Ben Ali, which occurred a year ago this Saturday. The play reflects a personal discovery of the story of the revolution as it happened and our fragmented, chaotic understanding of the world through the Internet.

The Twitter messages are juxtaposed with text from Gustave Flaubert’s 1862 novel Salammbo, the epic story of the Mercenary War in Ancient Carthage.

After the play, in the last 20 minutes of the show, we added to the text live on air, with Twitter messages from listeners using the hashtag #pCarthage. Podcast listeners can still Tweet to us using the hashtag!

Written by Daniel Kelly and performed by Aimee Parkes, Helen Marshall, Paul Williams and Pedd Ramm.

Directed by Ben Kidd and produced by Lucy Knight.

The Clear Spot for Resonance FM was produced and presented by Michael Garrad.