||Our Warsaw plays complement one another elegantly. They are stories of hope and faith, of sacrifice and survival. Each play is 50 minutes and are separated by an interval.
Fragile Fire: The story of Mordechai and the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising
"My life's dream has come true; I have lived to see Jewish resistance in the ghetto in all its greatness and glory.” (Anielewicz, 1943)
Over 70 years since 24 year old Mordechai Anielewicz led the uprising against the Germans in the Warsaw Ghetto in 1943 Voices tells his story. Horrified by the Germans sending 400,000 Jews of the ghetto to their deaths at Treblinka extermination camp, Anielewicz and his colleagues determinedly fought back, taking their fate into their own hands. This play is a stunning piece of visual theatre, inspiring using a range of theatrical techniques. It tells a powerful story of resistance and rebellion, hope and faith against a backdrop of one of the most disturbing periods of human history.
How are the towns all silent now? Thousands gone beyond all grieving. So stand the towns all silent now. Still as the stars that burn forever.
Under The Apple Tree: The Irena Sendler story
The glass jars were buried under the apple tree of an ordinary house in Warsaw. In the jars were a secret. A secret that would be kept for the whole of the war despite fear, torture and a sentence of death by firing squad. In the jars were the true names and identities of over 2,500 Jewish children rescued from the Warsaw ghetto by Irena Sendler, a Roman Catholic social worker.
Through sewers, in body bags, coffins and cases, Sendler took these children on journeys into new lives, keeping their identities safe in the hopes of reuniting them with their families when the war ended. Journeys that would end up taking the rest of their lives.