And Then They Came for Me – Remembering the world of Anne Frank” By James Still
This multimedia play by James Still is a poignant and powerful reminder of the horrors of the Nazi atrocities and persecution of the Jewish community during World War 2. The play intertwines live drama with recorded documented interview with Eva Schloss and Ed Silverberg (Helmuth “Hello” Silberberg) whose story of escape and survival from the concentration camps is the central story.
Within their story is Anne Frank, whose diary has become one of the most important educational tools in recent history. Who was known to both Schloss and Silverberg and provides a pivotal link in their lives.
The interaction of the drama alongside the rolling DVD is well handled by the cast under the direction of June Trask. At times the reproduction of the sound is a little distracting but nonetheless the story is told with great simplicity and sincerity making the impact even more heartbreaking.
The young company are excellent. The multi role playing is hugely successful and the characters are all strong and committed.
Molly Campbell is a beguiling and youthful Anne, Patrick McAndrew as the Nazi Youth indoctrinated and full of belief is compelling. Katy Jane as Eva Schloss holds the central role well alongside Joshua Phillips.
This is a challenging and thought provoking piece, it is vitally important that it is seen and discussed. The repercussions of such prejudice and hatred cannot be underestimated. There is an ease in ignoring evil around us, to be quiet is to be compliant. Such depths of depravity and horror should never happen again, yet watching this piece it is easy to feel that history is very capable of repeating itself. It has rarely felt more relevant.