Previous Productions

Fragile Fire

Fragile Fire

“My life’s dream has come true. I have lived to see Jewish resistance in the ghetto in all its greatness and glory.”

Horrified by the Germans sending 400,000 Jews from the Warsaw ghetto to their deaths at the Treblinka extermination camp, 24 year old Mordechai Anielewicz led an uprising that saw many young men and women fighting back, in an incredible uprising against German troupes, taking their fate into their own hands despite almost certain death. This stunning piece of visual theatre inspires young people and community audiences alike, telling a powerful story of resistance and rebellion, hope and faith against a backdrop of one of the most disturbing periods in human history.



The Fool of the Warsaw Ghetto – a story by Shonaleigh Cumbers

Fool of the Warsaw Ghetto

“All history is the story of what has been, but a story is the history of what might have been.”

In the clearing of the Warsaw ghetto, three children find themselves in a transportation to a death camp, on the way encountering the Fool of the Warsaw Ghetto. He offers them a moment of magic to escape – if they have the courage to take it. Not all stories have a happy ending, but they should all begin with outrageous hope...

As told by Voices’ patron, Drut’syla and 3rd generation survivor Shonaleigh Cumbers, this partner piece to Fragile Fire weaves history, culture and tradition with the magic of a narrative that explores the possibilities of humanity and imagination.



Butterflies

Butterflies

This critically acclaimed production has toured since January 2013, most famously at the European Parliament in Brussels for International Holocaust Remembrance Day. It has received glowing praise in schools, theatres and community venues inspiring audiences in the UK and beyond.

‘Butterflies’ takes a retrospective look at the journey to the genocide through the eyes of the children of Theresienstadt. From the humiliations on the streets of German cities, the synagogue burnings and the Einsatzgruppen across eastern Europe to the wide and varied forms of resistance that people took in response to the devastating events of this period. Jewish festivals and cultural values are embedded in the childrens’ story, which ends on their arrival at Auschwitz in 1944. Key moral and philosophical questions are asked throughout the play and a broad range of techniques and theatrical forms are used to engage and connect with the audience.



Under The Apple Tree

Under The Apple Tree

The glass jars were buried under the apple tree of an ordinary house in Warsaw. In the jars were a secret. A secret that would be kept throughout the war despite fear, torture and sentence of death by firing squad. In the jars were the true identities of over 2,500 Jewish children rescued from the Warsaw ghetto by Irena Sendler, a Roman Catholic social worker.

Through sewers, in body bags, coffins and cases, Sendler took these children on journeys into new lives, keeping their identities safe in the hope of reuniting them with their families when the war ended. Co-written with Voices’ Creative Associate Mark Neil, this play saw our apprentice cast integrate complex music and stylized movement work with poetry, song and indeed comedy. For even in our darkest hour, sometimes our most powerful weapon is humour and spirit.



Meaning

Meaning

This devised play, based on the writings of survivor and philosopher Viktor Frankl, was Voices’ inaugural production. Frankl was an Austrian neurologist and psychiatrist prior to surviving a number of camps during the war, including Auschwitz. He went on to write some 40 books, including on finding ways of creating meaning in life and a reason for living, even in the most desperate of circumstances. This ensemble piece retells Frankl’s experiences in his own words with the support of some 18 puppets as well as music and dance.