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Theft of Souls: The Trial of Lawrence of Arabia

Glenn Ashton

In this play, Lawrence is charged with the theft of the souls of some of the men he led into battle in Arabia during the First World War. To support the charge, the Prosecutor relies upon Lawrence’s words in his autobiography The Seven Pillars of Wisdom. General Allenby is also called as a witness.

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Every now and then a convulsive heave of History throws up a man or a woman who steps forward, grips History by the scruff of its neck, and makes it move in a direction he or she has chosen.

Such a man was T.E. Lawrence, known to the world as Lawrence of Arabia.

Driven by forces within him, Lawrence found himself able to play a major role in one of the vital theatres of the conflagration we now call World War I. From his station in Cairo, Lawrence plunged into the events taking place in Arabia, meeting and befriending and finally advising and leading the leaders of the Arab resistance against the rule of Turkey.

His story is legendary; his exploits documented in his own writings and the writings of others.

This play is set in Arabia. It places Lawrence in the dock of an imaginary court, charged with the theft of the souls of some of the men he lead. It uses his own words, from his writings, especially The Seven Pillars of Wisdom, to lay out the case against him, and in his defence.

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