Blood and Gifts

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1981. As the Soviet Army burns its way through Afghanistan and towards the critical Pakistani borer, CIA operative Jim Warnock is sent to try and halt its bloody progress. Joining forces with a larger-than-life Afghan warlord and the Pakistani and British secret services, Jim spearheads the covert struggle. Spanning one decade and two continents, Blood and Gifts is an epic political thriller shot through with mad--and surprising--humor.

Cast Requirements

8 - 12 men
1 woman

Set Description

Flexible set


Faber and Faber


"A formidable piece: sly, funny, informative, and heartbreaking...this is, in every sense, a great play." -Time Out London

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"It grips entirely." - Times of London

"An outstanding new work" - Evening Standard (London)

"A compelling political thriller" -- Guardian (London)

Production and Development History

One-act version commissioned and presented by the Tricycle Theatre, London, as part of the Olivier Award-nominated 12-play cycle, The Great Game: Afghanistan.

Full-lenth play commissioned by Lincoln Center Theater; developed at PlayPenn, Philadelphia, and New Dramatists.

World premier: National Theater, London (2010); US premiere: Lincoln Center Theater (Fall 2011).