Fear and Misery of the Third Reich

TOURING SCHOOLS Sept 2013 – Mar 2014

Translation by JOHN WILLETT, presented by arrangement with ALAN BRODIE REPRESENTATION LIMITED

This play (originally 24 scenes) shows in both a disturbing and at times surprisingly amusing way, how “ordinary life” under the Nazis was permeated by defiance, secrecy, suspicion, anxiety, denial, violence, fear and dread. Our aim with our Brechtian productions is to give students an opportunity to observe how V-Effect techniques can be applied to a performance.

The Scenes we have chosen for the show will be posted on this page shortly.
Each scene has a specific gestic, political message such as:

‘Treat all Nazi goodwill with suspicion’
‘Hitler starved his people and politicised children’
‘You must stand against your oppressors’
‘All bullies are cowards’

We highlight these gests by creating clear and precise stage pictures. We demonstrate a didactic approach to theatre by utilising a functional set, placards, episodic scenes, visible stage management, montage, live music, song, gestic acting, spass, narration, character doubling and audience interaction by breaking the fourth wall.

Cast of 3, no technician

Running time approx 1hr
Plus optional 20 min Q&A
Teachers pack included
Space required: 6m x 6m
Lighting required Basic white wash