Armenian Culture, Science and Education Development Foundation

The world premiere at Finborough Theatre / I Wish To Die Singing – Voices From The Armenian Genocide



Tuesday, 21 April – Saturday, 16 May 2015 / The world premiere

“Who, after all, today remembers the annihilation of the Armenians? ” – Adolf Hitler, 1939

Commemorating the centenary of the Armenian genocide, the world premiere of a documentary drama.

“On the night of Saturday, April 24th 1915, the Armenians of Constantinople were snoring in a calm sleep – exhausted from their Easter celebrations – while in the Central Police Station a secret project was in motion…”

The Armenian Genocide was the first genocide of the 20th century, perpetrated by the Ottoman Turkish Government against the Armenians, a Christian minority in a Muslim state. One and a half million people died.

The word ‘genocide’ itself was invented by Raphael Lemkin in 1943 to describe the events of 1915. Adolf Hitler used the Armenian Genocide as a direct inspiration for the Holocaust during the Second World War.

To this day, the Turkish government refuses to admit that any genocide ever took place.

Commemorating the exact centenary of the deportations that began the Armenian Genocide, I Wish To Die Singing – Voices From The Armenian Genocide is a controversial documentary drama uncovering the forgotten secrets and atrocities of a denied genocide – featuring eye-witness reportage, images, music, poetry from Armenia’s greatest poets, and verbatim survivors testimonies from one of the greatest historical injustices of all time.

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