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Richard Ratcliffe holds Prime Minister to account at play about alumna Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe

Students, staff and press travelled to the Great Hall on Monday 28 October to watch Nazanin’s Story, a truthful, heart-wrenching play detailing the ongoing story of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s false imprisonment by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard in 2016. Attendees had the opportunity to engage with the emotional subject matter during the Q&A session after the performance. Richard Ratcliffe, the husband of Nazanin, was on the panel. He was joined by Emi Howell, producer and director of the play; Ana Diamond, a writer and a human rights and dignity activist; and Elena Thomas, the actor who played Nazanin.

Richard Ratcliffe holds Prime Minister to account following play about Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe

Mr Ratcliffe made his comments following a special performance of ‘Nazanin’s Story’, a play about the fight to free his wife, Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, from an Iranian prison

Date: 30 October 2019

Students, staff and press travelled to the Great Hall on Monday 28 October to watch Nazanin’s Story, a truthful, heart-wrenching play detailing the ongoing story about London Met alumna Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who has been in an Iranian prison since 2016.

Attendees had the opportunity to engage with the emotional subject matter during the Q&A session after the performance. Richard Ratcliffe, the husband of Nazanin, was joined on the panel by Emi Howell, producer and director of the play; Ana Diamond, a writer and a human rights and dignity activist; and Elena Thomas, the actor who played Nazanin. The panel was chaired by Dr Andrew Moran, Head of International Relations and Politics.

Richard called upon Prime Minister Boris Johnson to make good on the promise he made as Foreign Secretary ‘to leave no stone unturned’, and to ‘do everything in his power to address the issues causing Nazanin and other innocent British Iranians to be held’. He went on to ask for 'the public not to forget Nazanin, and all the others around the world like her.’

Professor Lynn Dobbs, Vice-Chancellor at London Metropolitan University, said: “I cannot begin to imagine how difficult it must be for Nazanin and her family. London Met is honoured to host this free public production to help highlight what Nazanin is still going through. 

“We want to bring together students, staff and members of the community with one aim, to help reunite Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe with her family.”

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe studied Communications Management (Public Relations) MA at London Met between 2007-2008, so her plight has special resonance for the London Met community.

Join the conversation online by using #FreeNazanin, and sign the petition to call on Prime Minister Boris Johnson to use his power and intervene.