Stand Up in the Park will be returning to Sophia Gardens for a 5th year on Sunday 2nd July at 8pm. This year, we will be joined by the amazing comics Clint Edwards, Esther Manito and Micky Overman.
Organised by Cardiff Amnesty and Everyman Theatre Cardiff, this “comedy with a conscience” event continues the theme of previous years in calling for the immediate release of British citizens unjustly detained in Iran.
The Cardiff Amnesty Group were overjoyed on hearing about the release of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe and Anoosheh Ashoori shortly before last year’s event, but the work continues to ensure that no one is left behind.
Morad Tabaz and Mehran Raoof, remain unjustly detained unjustly in Iran and the Cardiff Amnesty Group continue to call on the UK Government to push for their immediate release.
- Morad Tahbaz, is a 66 year old British father. He was part of a group of conservationists who were tracking endangered wildlife in Iran. He was arrested, unjustly charged with “cooperating with a hostile state against the Islamic republic” and sentenced to 10 years in prison. He is currently detained in the notorious Evin prison in Iran.
- Morad is also unwell. He has cancer and his family are increasingly worried for his welfare. He has lost a significant amount of weight and is denied adequate medical care and treatment
Tomos Owen, Chair of Cardiff Amnesty International Group says,
“We are delighted to be running a 5th Stand Up in the Park event and are incredibly thankful to Everyman Theatre for giving us this platform to raise awareness of the plight of British citizens that are unjustly detained in Iran. In the time Stand Up in the Park has been running, we have witnessed success with the release of Nazanin and Anoosheh, but no one should be left behind. We are calling on the UK Government to intensify efforts to secure the release of Morad and Mehran and finally reunite them with their families”.
Chair of the Cardiff Open Air Theatre Festival, Peter Harding-Roberts, said,
“With repression around the world unabated, Everyman Theatre is very pleased to once again be partnering with Amnesty at the Cardiff Open Air Theatre Festival. “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing” (Edmund Burke)”.
To Stand Up for Human Rights and enjoy a night of comedy, purchase tickets for £15 (£10 for students) via Everyman Theatre at https://cardiffopenairtheatrefestival.co.uk/events/stand-up-in-the-park/
The event will be on Sunday 2nd July, at 8pm, in Sophia Gardens, Cardiff.
You can also add your name to Amnesty International UK’s petition to reunite Morad with his family at https://www.amnesty.org.uk/actions/FreeMorad