2017 has been a bumper year for Break A Leg, we’ve literally been all over the place in as many theatres as possible and loving every minute.
Interesting that two new plays in recent weeks have referred back to Nazi Germany and indirectly to the Holocaust. Whereas Cordelia O’Neill’s fine No Place for a Woman (Theatre503) looks at relativism and the chance accidents of life that can turn one middle class woman into being on the `winning’ side, and the other, by virtue of her Jewish birth, on another, Unwin looks directly at the Nazis’ policy of eugenics.
Break A Leg favourite, Rebecca Johnson is currently appearing in All Our Children at Jermyn Street Theatre and she took time out in between shows, to chat about her latest role in the five star rated play. Watch our vlog with her!
We watch a series of the paediatrician’s meetings, from chill dawn light to evening candleglow, in a study beautifully evocative of old bourgeois Germany and bathed from time to time in equally evocative Bach and Mozart from the radio Dr Victor impatiently tunes away from broadcasts about Herr Goebbels.
Stephen Unwin is a name I am familiar with as a director, and in my experience he’s an incredibly talented director. His debut play, All Our Children is set in 1941 and throws a spotlight onto the true story of the cruel and senseless murders of disabled children in Nazi Germany.
Victor is a paediatric physician and the head of an institute for disabled people under the age of 25 in 1941 Cologne. The Nazis have taken over the facility’s operations and it has been decreed that every fortnight, the most vulnerable residents are to be transferred to a death camp.
Director Stephen Unwin’s gripping debut play All Our Children, which probes one of the darkest episodes in recent history, premiered this week at London’s Jermyn Street Theatre, where it continues until 3 June 2017. Production photos have been released.
What makes Unwin’s piece so powerful is not only a story of humanising and dehumanising that will be familiar to anyone that has followed coverage of disability benefits and cuts to disabled people’s support in terms of finances and independence.
David Yelland stars in All Our Children, director Stephen Unwin’s gripping debut play which probes one of the darkest episodes in recent history.
Following the recent announcement that Anthony Biggs will be standing down from his role as Artistic Director this summer, London’s Jermyn Street Theatre announces his final season, running from April to July 2017