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Blood Gold and Oil: A Play by Jan Woolf

Tuesday 25th Apr 2023 - 8:00 am - Sunday 30th Apr 2023 - 5:00 pm

Rootball & Chromolume Theatre present 

Blood Gold and Oil 

We fought on a lie 

Written by Jan Woolf | Directed by Isaac BernierDoyle 

Upstairs at the Gatehouse, London on  25 – 30 April 2023 


From the Arab revolt of the First World War, a modern hero is constructed: the complex, flawed figure of Lawrence of Arabia. His legacy is as conflicted as his psyche. Brilliant military commander? Agent of British Imperialism? Vulnerable fantasist? Freedom Fighter?  

Set in the present day, as an exhibition of the genuine archaeological finds (on loan from the Great Arab Revolt archaeological dig in Jordan) is set up in a museum, the ghost of Lawrence of Arabia is summoned through the passions of the archaeologist. Yet reality and agency reside in the more grounded figure who thinks about the future rather than the past.  

Written for the 20th anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, Jan Woolf started the play as writer in residence with the Great Arab Revolt archaeological dig in Jordan in 2013 where she ‘dug a play out of the desert.’  More information about Jan here.


Suzanna Hamilton 

As Caroline 

Douglas Clarke Wood  

As TE Lawrence 

Mascuud Dahir 

As Muzz 

Listings information 

25th – 30th April 
Upstairs at the Gatehouse, Highgate Village, N6 4BD 
Tues – Sat, 7.30pm, Sun 4pm | Running Time: 75 minutes 
£20 – £16 | www.upstairsatthegatehouse.com | 020 8340 3488 


Press contact: Annlouise Butt / Jan Woolf  
E: [email protected] T: 020 8340 4256 
E: [email protected] T: 07967 161 291 


Tuesday 25th Apr 2023 - 8:00 am
Sunday 30th Apr 2023 - 5:00 pm


The Gatehouse, Highgate
N6 4BD United Kingdom + Google Map

The international Society for everyone with an interest in the life of T. E. Lawrence