A Lesson from Auschwitz

A Lesson from Auschwitz

OVERVIEW

 

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 actual 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.

 

Officially commended by The Foundation of Memory Sites Near Auschwitz-Birkenau.

 

Age Recommendation: 14+

CREATIVE TEAM

Writer/Director/Producer

JAMES HYLAND

 

Cast

MICHAEL SHON

JAMES HYLAND

Costume Maker (for Jewish Prisoner)

KATIE MALES

 

Costume Maker (for Nazi Commandant)

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Costume Alterations (for Nazi Commandant)

KATIE MALES

 

Composer

CHRIS WARNER

 

Lyricist

JAMES HYLAND

 

Vocalist

PETER THOMAS

 

Special Thanks To:

PAULINE DONOVAN

PASTOR, REV DAVID WOOD

PRESS QUOTES

 

"as as piece of theatre it excels in practically every single way... an exceptional piece of work and a vital reminder that something like this can never be allowed to happen again."

Rating: ★★★★★

~Sophie Adnitt, BRITISH THEATRE.COM

 

"MAGNIFICENT... a powerfully realised drama that finds new angles on these events where so many have trod before... the most powerful refutation there could be of Holocaust denial... a majestic statement of the power of theatre"

Rating: ★★★★★
~Tim Hochstrasser, PLAYS TO SEE

 

"Both Michael Shon and James Hyland are simply brilliant in their respective roles and deserve the highest of applause for these powerful performances... I honestly believe this was one of the most powerful and most important pieces of theatre I've ever seen... This production is the perfect way to remember and to honour those who tragically lost their lives."

~Chloe Fry, CENTRE STAGE


"this production should be seen by all - especially in the light of recent events." 
~Carolin Kopplin, UK THEATRE NETWORK

"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... it's important that plays like this are seen by as many people as possible"
~Alan Fitter, LONDON THEATRE 1

"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." 
~LOITERING IN THE THEATRE