The UK Premiere of Charlotte Delbo’s play at the Courtyard Theatre, London. A play about 15 French women sent to Auschwitz during World War II
Courtyard Theatre London, 2009
1943 – 15 women-members of the French resistance are sent to Auschwitz as political prisoners. This is their story of hope, friendship and sacrifice to journey back and tell the truth to the world.
This show played at the Courtyard Theatre, London throughout June and July.
“This stripped back performance under the superb direction of Natasha Pryce allows the stories- the words – to literally speak for themselves…The all female, multi-cultural cast are vulnerable, raw and exposed in their sensitive handling of the subject matter. Avoiding the temptation to completely breakdown on stage, they portray the strength, courage and solidarity of these women who often didn’t even know each other’s names.”
Rachel Sheridan, British Theatre Guide
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‘…Beautifully evocative music from composer Sarah Llewellyn draws us
into the tragedy and keeps us there without tugging overly hard on the
heart strings . . Yvonne’s (Pinar Ogun) slow death, pride and humanity
are portrayed so poignantly, it’s almost too much to bear . .
Ruth O’Reilly, Remote Goat – Read the full review
**** “I cannot remember many works that serve as such vivid testimony to
the horrors of Auschwitz…As significant as the testimony, performed here
in Natasha Pryce’s courageous production by a committed, 15-strong
all-female cast, is that Delbo was a non-Jew whose account destroys
revisionist notions of the Holocaust as a Jewish lie. Delbo’s word should
John Nathan, The Jewish Chronicle