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New London play shines light on Ai Weiwei's arrest

The story of the arrest of China's most famous artist has come to a stage in London. Hashtag Ai Weiwei is a new play about political dissident Ai Weiwei's secretive detention in 2011, which sparked an international outcry, says playwright Howard Brenton. SOUNDBITE: Playwright, Howard Brenton, saying (English): "It's a story, it's the powerful account of a man trying to keep a straight line in a very bent world. It's also about free expression. He claims the right to speak freely and it's denied to him." The theatrical project is Ai's attempt to shine light on his disappearance that lasted 81 days. SOUNDBITE: Artist, Ai Weiwei, saying (Mandarin): "Many people want to know what happened and where I was jailed in those 81 days, and what had happened during this period. So I think the presentation of those arrest details is very important. Because in a society such as China's, most of the things it does can keep going solely due to their lack of presenta

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