What if we said that Britain (this tiny island) is the second biggest arms dealer in the world?

A Common Wealth and Northern Stage co-production, in association with Chapter and Southbank Centre.
Funded by Arts Council England, Bradford Council, Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Blue Stone Consortium and Well Newcastle Gateshead 

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A former British soldier, Palestinian actor and a Yemeni artist come together in a joint attempt to understand the UK arms trade and its impact around the world. Through differing perspectives and a shared love of techno,
I Have Met the Enemy (and the enemy is us) takes us on a personal and political journey into the darkest corners of what makes Britain tick.

Join acclaimed site-specific theatre company Common Wealth as they transform Byker Community Centre into a world charged with lasers, techno and robotic installation, asking audiences to take a close look at the UK defence industry and the role we play, as a nation and as individuals, in wars that are seemingly far away.

I Have Met the Enemy is part techno party, part investigation and above all else, a call to action.

“Common Wealth will be changing the way we look at the world for years to come.”
- John McGrath, Manchester International Festival

Cast and Creatives

Devised by Common Wealth in collaboration with Alexander Eley, Mo’min Swaitat, Shatha Altawai and writer Hassan Mahamdallie

Performed by Mo’min Swaitat, Alexander Eley and Shatha Altawai

Byker community cast: Cooper McDonough, David Beech, Lee Foster, Majid Jalali, Nadia Rafi, Sherilyn Oliphant, Tia-Bella Easton

Co-directors: Evie Manning and Rhiannon White

Comra Film Director: Osama Haji

Designer: Robbie Thomson

Design assistant: Jamie Grier

Lighting Designer: Andy Purves

Production Manager: Greg Akehurst

Stage Manager: Amy Chandler

Music: Oxia-domino and ODDZ

Producers: Ali Ford & Saliha Rubani

Assistant Producers: Mariyah Kayat & Sajidah Shabir

Company Manager: Tracy Basu


Please note that all performances will take place at Byker Community Centre and not Northern Stage.

Image credit: Jon Pountney & Ronnie Macdonald/flickr/CC BY 2.0

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Walking Tours

Come along early to select performances and choose between a 60 min walking tour of the estate on Saturday afternoons or a pre-show lecture (seated) at Byker Community Centre on Thursday evenings. 

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  • Sat 19 Oct, 12.30pm for 60mins
  • Sat 26 Oct, 12.30pm for 60mins 

Presentation in Byker Community Centre - Click here

  • Thu 17 Oct, 5.30pm for 60mins
  • Thu 24 Oct, 5.30pm for 60mins

Tickets only £4 or £2 for Byker Residents

Behind the scenes

Meet members of the cast and creative team behind 'I Have Met The Enemy' 

Take a look at the production images from the show in Bradford

I Have Met The Enemy

Watch the teaser trailer...


Northern Stage is fully accessible. The theatre has three lifts providing access to all parts of the building, including the accessible toilets, baby changing facilities, stages 2 & 3 and the backstage area. Buggy parking is available outside Stage 3. To discuss any access needs, please call our Box Office on 0191 230 5151.