I just had to put that out there as otherwise I don’t think I will be able to write this review. Produced by the Zenith Youth Theatre Company, Ghetto is the most emotionally gripping pieces I have seen performed in a long time.
Possibly most impressive were how the young actors let their understanding of the subject, which was in itself amazing, instil a huge sense of empathy in their characters. The resulting individuality of each character helped lead the audience through some of the plays more jarring transitions. That is to say, at some points during the play I was unsure where the scene was set in terms of time and place. This did however not reflect in the way the active space was used which clearly balanced itself between militantly precise and chaotically stimulated by the situation.
I was particularly fascinated by the character of Nazi officer Kittel who immediately gripped my attention when he first stepped on stage. To me he seemed both an individual and an embodiment of the calculating power of the German forces.
A character which I found confusing, was The Dummy. It was difficult to determine if I should see her as an actual individual, or as the personification of the Jewish spirit. I feel this could have been explained better in line with the plays progression.
However, you can in no way deny the level of talent portrayed by the young people and the importance of the play’s subject.
I recommend Ghetto to anyone, whether they are interested in creative arts, historic events or simply want to have a fascinating night out.
Ghetto is on at the Mission Theatre in Bath from the 1-4 June.
**** 4 Stars
A review by Alexandra Wilbraham