This time last year I was at home and had just discovered a story on Twitter about a dual national imprisoned in Iran. This was of course Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, and her story. One year on we've created a play that has been to Edinburgh and performed at the Trust Conference alongside some truly inspirational speakers.
My aim from the start was to share Nazanin's story with as many people as possible in a way that would create a connection between a audience in London and the shadowy going-ons in Iran.
The response we've received from the audience has me believing we've achieved this...and yet she's still in Iran, Gabriella is still in Iran.
Preparing for the tour ahead of us we've rewritten the script to include the latest events that have occurred and had to recast some fabulous actors, but I'm so happy with the cast we've ended up with. Getting ready for rehearsals, learning lines, booking venues and hotels to stay and of course the most important part of any show, finding a audience to share this story with.
But with all of this, there is still the excitement that come with the preparation of any production, the excitement of putting something out there, sharing something you created with the world, and with this production sharing this story means so much more, the idea that maybe something we do could help bring them home...excitement tinged with anxiousness that they could be relying on us...