Conor Cruise O'Brien's controversial play about the Congo crisis and Katanga secession -- "Murderous Angels" -- had it's European premiere in West Berlin on Saturday (January 9) at the Schiller theatre.
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CU poster for "Murderous Angels" ( 2 shots )
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sequence from play depicting King Baudouin reacting to the news of Lumumba's death
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Background: Conor Cruise O'Brien's controversial play about the Congo crisis and Katanga secession -- "Murderous Angels" -- had it's European premiere in West Berlin on Saturday (January 9) at the Schiller theatre. The play had its world premiere in Los Angeles in February of last year.
Describing the plot of his play, Dr. O'Brien has said: "It is hat Hammarskjoeld, for exalted and convincing reasons and in the service of humanity, deliberately brings about the downfall and refrains from preventing the death of Patrice Lumumba, which in turn, precipitates his own downfall and death".
Dr. O'Brien was United Nation's representative in Moise Tshombe's secessionist Katanga during the crisis, later resigning his post charging Britain with deliberately obstructing the policy of congo unity for which it had voted.
In this scene from the play -- filmed at the final dress rehearsals -- King Baudouin is told by Baron L'Auge of Lumumba's death and the feared consequences. "The dead Lumumba," he says "is now more dangerous that the living one."