A number of dramatic works have been inspired by the experiences of individuals and communities during the Holocaust, Nazi Persecution and subsequent genocides.
Drama groups, community organisations and school drama departments can commemorate HMD in a number of ways. These can include creating new dramatic pieces and performing at a HMD event.
HMD Youth Champion, Joshua Whatsize, wrote a play based on actual testimony found in survivors’ stories and the theme for HMD 2012, Speak Up, Speak Out. The Fuehrer Will Now Speak draws reference to the eight stages of genocide, and shows that acts of persecution since the Holocaust have also followed these stages.
Previous HMD events have included new works which have focused on contemporary responses to the events of the Holocaust and how these responses can affect life in our communities today.
Our resources for educators include inspiration for drama lessons suitable for primary and secondary students. Drama groups may find the survivor testimonies and poetry on our website a good stimulus for creating new plays and dramatic pieces.
Other ways that drama can be used to commemorate HMD is through performances of existing plays or readings of extracts from plays.
Suitable plays include Leaving Berehovo dramatised by David Ian Neville and based on Chasing Shadows by Rabbi Hugo Gryn and Naomi Gryn. A full copy of Leaving Berehovo can be downloaded from Naomi Gryn’s website. Other plays include Bent by Martin Sherman, Kindertransport by Diane Samuels, Playing for Time by Arthur Miller, The Diary of Anne Frank by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hacket, The Jewish Wife by Bertolt Brecht and The Holocaust Trilogy by Julia Pascal.
Below you can download extracts from Anne Frank Play for Schools and Mala and Edek for use in rehearsals or public readings.
In Holland Stands a House is a play by former teacher Sue Saunders and follows the famous story of Anne Frank in which she went into hiding with her family during the Nazi occupation of Holland.The play is very simply staged, has an expandable cast...
This resource includes an extract from the play Mala and Edek: A story of Auschwitz, written by Mark O’Connor.Please contact the author for the entire script and permission by emailing firstname.lastname@example.orgWe’ve listed the characters below, but the...