Pirates of Carthage

Showcasing on stage and through social media 2 important momentum in the history of Tunisia


The Pirates of Cathage is a play by Daniel Kelly which examines the recent uprising across Tunisia alongside The Mercenary War (264-241 BC) in the ancient city of Carthage. The stories of uprising and rebellion from different centuries are relayed in parallel on stage using the media in which Kelly first experienced them, Gustave Flaubert historical novel Salammbo, and the ubiquitous social networking platform twitter.

Fusing spoken word, video footage and Tunisian Hip-Hop, The Pirates of Carthage questions our increasing dependence on the media for information and explores how we connect with the world around us.

The Pirates of Carthage will consist of a live stage event, an ongoing online archive and an accompanying publication.

Daniel Kelly is a visual artist who makes paintings that look at personal history in relation to shifting notions of class and it’s importance to national identity in a world of hyper-communications. Kelly graduated from Camberwell College of Art in 2007. His recent exhibitions include East End Academy at the Whitechapel Gallery, London and Eastwing ix at Sommerset House, London.