This thought provoking journey through a moment in time is a compelling first piece by Daisy Jorgensen. Whilst we may be watching it in its infancy, without question it has the potential to grow and fly to places further afield.

Silent Wings is set inside Theresienstadt (Terezin) a Czech concentration camp designed by the SS during WW2. The inspiration is taken from a published collection of art and poetry by children and young people living there “I Never Saw Another Butterfly.” The title came from a poem by a young poet Pavel Friedman.

 

The cast of four works well together, direction by Scott Rogers is effective and set design sparse. Outstanding original music from Roy Page is both evocative and beguiling alongside an atmospheric lighting design by Luke John Emmett.

 

There is much to like here, the adult performers capture the youth of the children, especially Charlotte Hobbs (Eva) threatened by the world around her alongside the bullying brutal nature of Aaron Vodovoz (Pavel.) All characters are well defined with Daisy Jorgensen (Alena) the self confessed mother of the group wishing to be a midwife whose relationship with the nature loving, academic Henry Kombert (Hanus) develops without sentimentality.

 

The mix of kindness and brutality gives the show an immediacy and reality without soft focus. The story is told and the characters move on to their respective fate. Behind the camp walls the characters exist and find their way through the life imposed on them with dignity and an engaging naivety.

 

Writer, Daisy Jorgensen, has posed some challenging moments for the audience in this production whilst the use of the original poems with permission from The Jewish Museum in Prague provide a clear reminder of the fragility of life and the need to celebrate the freedom and breath we have today.

 

The show is performed again at Burdalls Yard, Friday 10th June 8pm and onwards at the Camden Fringe.

  
**** – 4 Stars


Petra Schofield