This brilliant allegory, set in a bunker reminiscent of Hitler’s hell-hole beneath the ruins of obviously targeted at Saddam Hussein. Although he is never named....the parallel is obvious to us all and is linked to One Thousand and One Nights where Shahrazad manages to stay alive by telling the Islamic despot tale after tale each night, thus avoiding execution
Victoria Parris Plays and Players

The Butcher of Baghdad tells the story of an Arab President during a war with the Western powers. It was performed on stage by the Cherub Company in 1993 and on BBC Radio3 the same year.

The dramatic episodes related by this Shahrazad are based on Saddam Hussein’s actual record of power and cruelty.