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I Was A German

Clare Fraenkel

Tue 21st Feb - Fri 24th Feb
19:50 (
60 mins)
Theatre
Light-hearted / True Story / Migrant & Refugee Voices
Tickets from £13.00
Venue: Studio
Age Guidance: 12+
Contains reference to the Holocaust, antisemitism, and imprisonment. Loud noise: air raid siren.

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 is it really hers to reclaim? And if the place your family came from is no longer there, who ARE you?

Playfully told with bold visuals and music, I WAS A GERMAN takes a deep dive from the nightlife of Berlin to being arrested by everyone from Winston Churchill to the Soviets.

A journey 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

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We operate “Pay More If You Can” pricing to ensure that our shows remain affordable and accessible to everyone.
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Tue 21st Feb
7.50pm
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Wed 22nd Feb
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Thu 23rd Feb
7.50pm
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Fri 24th Feb
7.50pm
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Clare Fraenkel

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.

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
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
As Director:
What We Left Behind (Barbican Open Lab)
Arran Glass - Composer/MD
As composer
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
SHADOWBOXER THEATRE
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


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