Apple the target of playwright’s ire over Chinese worker abuse

These days Mike Daisey is run off his feet. “I don’t even have time to listen to my voicemail now. That’s a phenomenon I have not experienced before,” he told the Observer with an amazed laugh. Perhaps he shouldn’t be so surprised. In the past fortnight, Daisey has gone from being a gifted but obscure solo act in the US theatre to the public face of a backlash against one of the iconic corporations of the 21st century.Daisey’s latest work, The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs, has triggered off a spasm of soul-searching about the sometimes appalling labour conditions in China under which many of America’s most cherished products are made. Specifically, the shiny, sleek iPhones, iPods and iPads produced by Apple.

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