Tickets £10 (Concessions £8)
Doors open 7pm. Show starts 7.30pm
Brother Wolf presents
Written, Produced and Directed by James Hyland
Performed by Michael Shon and James Hyland
In 1941, Rudolf Höss, Commandant of the Nazi concentration camp known as Auschwitz, assembled his SS personnel in a secret meeting with the express purpose of introducing a new method for exterminating Europe’s Jews: Zyklon B, a deadly poison gas. Every soldier in attendance was sworn to secrecy, and no one questioned its usage. No one except a lone Jewish prisoner, forced to participate and humiliated throughout; the very prisoner upon which this “lesson” would be demonstrated.
Based upon real events, ‘A Lesson from Auschwitz’ explores how and why the Nazis did what they did, shedding light on the mentality of the perpetrators and the disturbing reality of life in a death camp.
Praise for ‘A Lesson from Auschwitz’:
“James Hyland who plays “Höss” (as well as writing, directing and producing the piece) is superb as the sadistic commandant whilst giving us glimpses of the madness of the man… Michael Shon [who plays “Könisberg”] is totally believable in the part and the audience suffers along with him as he tries to fight back… it’s important that plays like this are seen by as many people as possible especially in the current climate of overt racism that can be found in many parts of the world… For as George Santayana wrote “Those who do not learn from the past, are condemned to repeat it”.”
“As Höss, James Hyland has an imposing physical presence… he delivers the Nazi’s speeches with conviction in a chilling and uncomfortable performance. Michael Shon gives a powerful performance as Könisberg, a man who has been worn down by life in Auschwitz but who still retains his dignity… This is an incredibly powerful piece by Brother Wolf… The ‘lesson’ from Auschwitz that Höss wanted to impart might have been one thing, but the lesson we learn is another.”
Loitering in the Theatre
Running time: Approximately 60 minutes with no interval
Recommended For: Ages 14+
Proceeds will be donated to charity.
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