Current Production

Kindness

Our 2018 season begins with an incredible new play, co-written by Voices’ Artistic Director Cate Hollis and the country’s leading verbatim theatre playwright Mark Wheeller. ‘Kindness’ is the story of Hungarian survivor and Voices’ friend Susan Pollack – who is also a Trustee of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust. This elegant new play tells Susan’s story, from her childhood in a small village in Hungary, to Auschwitz, Gubin and Bergen-Belsen as well as her rescue and life beyond her years of persecution during the Nazi era in Europe. The play explores many deeply philosophical questions about resistance and survival as well as issues of faith and the nature of humanity.


Voices’ Tree of Life and the role of the Rabbi in ‘Kindness’ support the exploration of Jewish culture and heritage as well as the memorialisation of such unimaginable loss as well as the converse soaring of the human spirit in the face of such social collapse. The subplot of Mala and Edek’s Auschwitz story supports the elevation of the possibilities of hope, love and humanity.



Mark Wheeller

Mark brings with him decades of experience as both a teacher and a playwright. Mark is the single most performed living playwright in the United Kingdom. Indeed, his verbatim play about the dangers of drink driving ‘Too Much Punch For Judy’ has been commissioned for performance over 2,000 times to date alone. He is a prolific writer who specialises in verbatim theatre and education. His work is performed in schools across the UK and is a set text on GCSE exam boards. Mark is also an inspirational workshop leader, highly respected and sought after through National Drama and indeed in countries as far across the world as East Asia. His work is consistently challenging and inspiring and his work on ‘Kindness’ with Artistic Director Cate Hollis is no exception. We are delighted to be working with him on this new verbatim play for Voices.