Our story

Voices of the Holocaust is the only specialist company of its kind in Europe. We were founded in 2012 by Artistic Director Cate Hollis, who has a deep grounding in theatre and drama education as well as Holocaust, genocide and human rights history. Our principles of equality and diversity are embedded into all our practices in theatrical performance, workshops and the professional development work that we undertake at schools, theatres and community venues around the UK and beyond.

We work with skilled and experienced practitioners including, actors, directors, educators, vocal coaches, synagogues, survivors, national and international Holocaust education organisations, universities, poets and playwrights as well as a traditional Jewish Drut’syla – a 3rd generation Auschwitz survivor who works internationally in storytelling and cultural history. In these few short years Voices has made incredible connections across the world and are respected not only for the calibre of our productions but of our ethical and philosophical approach to some of the most complicated periods and stories in human history.

Our apprenticeship scheme allows young and aspiring 18 – 24 year olds to develop their skills as actors, educators, designers, technicians, writers and musicians. Our apprentice cast productions perform in venues alongside our experienced professionals. Indeed, since our inception in 2012/3, our apprentice members have gone on to work in professional theatre, music and dance, into teaching and education – indeed one of our original apprentices, having completed her university degree, now works for the education department at the Houses of Parliament.

n 2014, Voices was invited by the European Jewish Congress to perform at the European Parliament in Brussels for International Holocaust Remembrance Day which was followed within a month with a meeting at 10 Downing Street to discuss the vision and future direction of the company’s work. We have enormous international support and endorsement, from Professors at Wisconsin and Toronto Universities, to the President of the International Holocaust Theatre Archive. These links and endorsements grow every year as our voices are heard ever further and wider.

We are truly excited about what 2018 will bring with our production of ‘Kindness – the Susan Pollack story’ co-written by Cate and the country’s most performed living playwright, Mark Wheeller. To keep up to date with our news and all things Voices, please follow us on facebook;