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Writer: Desirée Gezentsvey
Director: Andrew Foster
Soundscape by Tane Upjohn-Beatson
True passions. True lies.
12 Aug – 9 Sept
Preview 11 Aug
Tues – Sat 7.30pm
Sun matinees 4.30pm
$25 – $52
Q&A session on Tuesday 15 August after that night’s performance
Johannes, a zealous member of the Vienna Hitler Youth, discovers a fateful secret – his family is hiding a young Jewish woman, Elsa, in their home. Her life in his hands, Johannes and Elsa embark on a gripping journey of obsession and love that blurs the lines between the captive and the free, the victorious and the defeated, as the horrors of the war unfold around them and each must find a way to survive.
From award-winning writer Desiree Gezentsvey (Nuclear Family) and visionary director Andrew Foster (Red) comes this hauntingly powerful story that lays bare the darkest corners of the human soul. What happens when children innocently embrace an ideological lie, when parents become afraid of their own children, when the lie takes on a life of its own?
“He alone, who owns the youth, gains the future.” – Adolf Hitler
“Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it.” – Adolf Hitler
Caging Skies is a play of universal relevance and consequence, not only as an echo of past events that shook humankind to its core, but as a confronting reflection of what is currently happening around us.
Based upon Christine Leunens’ novel, nominated for the Prix Medicis and the Prix FNAC 2007.
“…gripping… has haunted me ever since I finished reading it.” New Zealand Books
“…beautiful… powerful… surprising and captivating… cannot be forgotten.” Jean Soublin, Le Monde