Shortlisted for the LET Award 2022.
“Don’t go home. The Gestapo are in your apartment. They are waiting for you to come back. Do you have your passport?”
When Clare reclaims her grandad Heinz’s German citizenship, 75 years after it was stolen, she uncovers his wild true story.
But he gave it up – is it really hers to take?
Playfully told with bold visuals and original music, I WAS A GERMAN takes a deep dive through displacement, Britishness, and fighting Fascism, whilst never being able to resist a good party
A vivid account of one Jewish refugee trying to find his way home, and his granddaughter trying to find her roots.
The ‘Relaxed Performance’ showings will feature the following adjustments:
– Low level house lights remain on throughout
– Sound effects will be reduced in volume
– Audience can be admitted and readmitted at any time
– Audience can make noise
– Audience can get up and move around during the performance
Clare Fraenkel (Writer and Performer) is an actor, puppeteer, voice artist and theatremaker.
Screen work includes This Is Going To Hurt (BBC) and Magic Mike’s Last Dance (dir. Steven Soderbergh), while audio highlights include voicing the character Tessa Bannister in Star Citizen, a cult fan favourite! After more than 15 years working in theatre, devising and collaborating with others, I Was A German is Clare’s first full length play, created with a highly skilled team of theatremakers.
I Was A German's development has been generously supported by ACE National Lottery Project Grants, JW3 London & the Goethe Institut. Shortlisted for the LET Award 2022.
Press & Reviews
Audience praise for I WAS A GERMAN Work-in-progress (Camden People's Theatre, March 19 2022):
"All of it was really well done. It was extremely powerful"
"Thought-provoking, stimulating, warm, human. More of this kind of work please!"
"Fantastic storytelling... best show I've seen in ages"
Cast & Creative Team Lowri James - Director
Lowri is co-artistic director of ShadowBoxer Theatre. Using overhead projectors, paper puppets and layered photographic images ShadowBoxer have created their unique visual stories for the BAC, Merge Festival Bankside, The Kirkcaldy Testing Factory and VAULT Festival.
Credits as performer:
Ensemble & 1st cover Ginny Potter/Petunia Dursley (original cast)- Harry Potter and The Cursed Child - Palace Theatre
Punch - Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs) - Kneehigh
What We Left Behind (Barbican Open Lab)
Arran Glass - Composer/MD
Fly High - New Musical - Singapore Rep Theatre
Multiple credits including Sleeping Beauty in the Wood - Little Angel Theatre
Arran's music has been used on BBC's Countryfile and adverts on ITV and CH4
Visual Theatre Company
Moonlit Mudlark - commissioned for Little Angel Theatre’s Digital Platform
Fenrir - Merge Festival Bankside/Kirkaldy Testing Centre
The Wall/With Intent/River Street – VAULT Festival / Vaulty Towers