This article is from 2009.
A harrowing tale of the Holocaust from one family’s point of view
From the Badac Theatre Company, whose work is usually centred around issues of human rights, comes this one-man show that aims to highlight the pain and suffering endured by a normal Jewish family during the Holocaust. From the moment their city is invaded to their destruction at the hands of the S.S. at Auschwitz, Steve Lambert’s play pulls no punches in its telling of this family’s story.
We are introduced to the single character who is incessantly running from someone he refers to as “the beast” - the concentration camp leader who may kill at will for his own amusement. From there we are taken back to explore how this man came to be on the brink of death and his harrowing attempts to save his family. Near-flawless acting pulls the audience in, making almost visceral the man’s feelings of guilt, despair and helplessness. The grotesque brutality to which he and so many others are subjected becomes all the more real in the theatre’s intimate setting.
Not for the faint-hearted, this play explores the violence and humiliation that was used against the Jewish population across Europe on a daily basis before and during the Second World War, and attempts to discover what the Holocaust meant to the ordinary people that were destroyed by it.
Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, until 31 Aug (not 17, 24), 1.45pm, £8-£9 (£6.50-£7.50).