Hitler's Tasters (3 stars)

This article is from 2019

Hitler's Tasters

credit: Cody Butcher

Black comedy about three unfortunate women in the Third Reich

Written by American playwright Michelle Kholos Brooks, Hitler's Tasters has a fascinating premise, interpreting the experience of the three women selected to taste the Fuhrer's food to check if it was poisoned. Combining satire, black comedy and atmospheric movement sequences, Hitler's Tasters delves into the terrifying concept of indoctrination and control.

Although the play is set in the 1940s, the three women are using mobile phones, taking incessant selfies as a wry comment on the way that distraction encourages ignorance of the reality of a situation. The morbid, witty script relentlessly shifts from immature conversations about sex to anti-semitic comments. The plot is equally unpredictable, and its daring twists feel seamless.

The movement sequences are effective, but unfortunately interrupt the far more effective dialogue scenes. And while the mobile phones make a clever political comment, the musical soundtrack drags the story too far from its historical context. Nonetheless, the strength of this play's dark dialogue prevails to make a thoughtful and unsettling piece of work.

Greenside @ Infirmary Street, until 24 Aug (not 11,18), 6.35pm, £11 (£8).

Hitler's Tasters

  • 3 stars

Play based on the true story about a group of young women who tasted Adolf Hitler's food for poison.