As part of our Camden Fringe Featured Show series, we’re counting down to the premiere of Christina Tranholm’s The German Girls, set in Nazi-occupied Denmark during the Second World War. Sneak a peek at the company in rehearsal action ahead of the play’s run at the Lion & Unicorn Theatre from 15 to 18 August 2018 – and then get booking!
Set in occupied Denmark in 1940, The German Girls tells the story of Ingrid, a young Danish woman who falls in love with Mathias, a young German soldier deployed by the Wehrmacht. It is through the story of their relationship that a different angle of the events that took place during World War II can be explored.
How did the Danish resistance counteract the Nazi occupation? And what were the consequences of the 50,000+ women who, like Ingrid, engaged with members of the Wehrmacht?
For years to come in the aftermath of the liberation in 1945, the numbers of women who came to experience the double standards the Danish held against their own young women were downplayed in an attempt to alter history.
Based on true events, The German Girls is written by London-based Danish actor Christina Tranholm, who also stars as Ingrid. She’s joined in the cast by Liam Harkins (as Mathias), Sara Hoopell, Briony McCarthy, George Whitehead and Rachel Laboucarie. The premiere production is directed by Michelle Payne.