At the age of 18, Mirza Tahir Hussain, a British Subject, arrived in Pakistan. 24 hours later a taxi driver was dead and Tahir was tried for his murder. Condemned to hang in the Criminal Court he spent the following 7 years on death row. Released on appeal, he prepared to return home to Leeds but was sent back to death row by a Sharia Court. He stayed there for a further 11 years.
Don Mackay of the Daily Mirror was the only journalist to visit him in that time. A British Subject is the true account of what happened… A British Subject opened at the 2009 Edinburgh Fringe.
"Beautifully performed... full of lovely touches… this is a piece of theatre entirely without vanity: heartfelt, fierce, serious-minded but with a sense of humour.' 4 stars – Guardian
“The play is unfashionably, but powerfully, open about religious principle as a motivator, both Tahir’s Islam and McAuliffe’s Catholicism, while also keenly detailing the Realpolitik of such campaigning. It is a modest revelation.” – Financial Times
“A stirring, funny and informative account of the campaign for justice… beautifully weaves together the tense seriousness with the comic absurdities” – Independent
“Admirable and deeply moving” – Mail on Sunday