The true cost of dictatorship
The past couple of years have seen dictatorships crumble across North Africa.
But in the wake of revolutions in countries including Libya and Egypt there has been a far from easy peace.
That human cost of a regime change is being explored in a play being staged this week.
Death And The Maiden, which is being performed by the Frank Hope Company, explores the story of a woman brutalised under a dictatorship and her response when, by chance, she meets and confronts the man she believes is accountable.
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Director David Sandford said: "It is very appropriate at the moment – there are all these dictatorships which have been crumbling or trying to re-establish themselves.
"The question is what happens to all the people who connived with the old regime?
"You can't shoot all of them – you could not manage the country without them."
The play, written by Ariel Dorfman, is based on events in Chile between the fall of General Pinochet and the transition to democracy.
It focuses on the character of Paulina Salas, a former political prisoner, who is brought face to face with Roberto Miranda – the man she believes raped and tortured her during the regime.
Her dilema is complicated by the fact her husband, Gerardo, is part of the commission set up to investigate the regime's abuses of power.
David first saw the play during its initial London run in 1991.
"I found it intriguing from the word go – as one of the reviews said, it raises a lot of moral questions but does not provide any easy answers," he said.
"Nothing is black and white. As we saw with the overthrow of Gaddafi in Libya and the revolution in Egypt, the end of one regime doesn't mean that everything is sorted out."
David was involved in a staging of the play in Hull 12 years ago and had been looking to produce it again.
Rehearsals began last November, with the company making use of Hull Playgoers' rehearsal space at Ainthorpe Primary School in Willerby Road.
The production will see Sharon Burton taking the role of Paulina, Ray Rumkee as her husband, and David, who also directs, taking the part of Roberto, the man Paulina believes brutalised her.
"I first gave the script to Sharon a couple of years ago, when I first started thinking about staging the play," said David.
"It is a strong part – and when she said she'd love to do it, I knew I could go ahead with it. Until Sharon, I hadn't met another actress capable of playing the role.
"She is a strong lady, which is just what it needs.
"It raises this moral question.
"She believes he is guilty and there are clues dropped in – the way that Roberto speaks that she recognises or thinks that she does. Her husband is trying to stop her doing anything stupid.
"The audience will be involved in what's happening – you are bound to feel involved in the story and the reactions of the characters."