Amnesty International UK  staged “The Lady of Burma” on 24th June  at Human Rights Action Centre  to raise fund for  liberty of Burmese following  Nobel Peace Prize winner  and political prisoner Aung San Suu Kyi’s  65th birthday .

"The lady of Burma",Aung San Suu Kyi .

Liana Mau Tan Gould  played  Burma’s  biggest leader Aung San in her final solo  performance in the UK .Actress took audiences to a journey into Aung San’s  incredibly painful  memories  during her battle for democracy and human rights in Burma .Determination of little woman, who sacrifices her own and her family’s  happiness  for her country  and spends 14 years in prison, hardly let any audience  hold their tears and not admire her.

Aung San Suu Kyi was elected as Prime Minister of Burma in 1990, but placed under house arrest instead  in Rangoon which caused international outcry. During the arrest Aung San was awarded Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought in 1990 and Nobel Peace Prize in 1991.

Richard Shannon wrote the play aftermath of Depayin  attack  in 2003 when Burma’s military junta attempted to assassinate Aung San Suu Kyi .The play takes place in Insein Prison’s hospital  where she was taken after she had fled the scene.

Shannon who discussed the play with audiences after the play said: “I am not politically involved but my play has raised the awareness of individuals about the situation in Burma.” The play has made sell-out appearances at the Old Vic and Riverside Studions in London,Edinburgh festival and on a national tour which has been shown also in Warsaw, Bangalorea  and Oslo.

Burma Campaign Officer  Wai Hnin  shared her personal experience  in Burma  as well as her activities for Burmese she has been doing in London .Hnin  who came to the UK  for higher  education  can not go back to Burma due to her campaigns against  the country’s regime. Her father was  imprisoned  when she was only a little girl. Hnin said: “My mum never told me where my father was. One day we went to visit him. I did not know where we were going, when  I  saw all those soldiers  and the big  building  I thought   my dad was very rich and he was going to hug me  and buy me toys.But I saw my dad behind the bars and I could only touch her fingers.”in her  speech.

Hnin is still hopeful as the international pressure increases every day to  free Aung San Suu Kyi and to change the regime in Burma. Her dream is to show the play to Aung San in a democratic Burma.

Amnesty International raised  £710 for Burma after the play and discussion .Concerned readers  can also visit www.amnesty.org.uk to support Burma by sending a letter to free Aung San Suu Kyi or buying a radio for £12.5.

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