GAMES by Henry Naylor
1936, Berlin. When Jewish athlete Helene Mayer is selected for the Nazis’ Olympic Squad, she realises she is fighting for much more than gold. Fellow athlete Gretel is a proud Jew and highly motivated by the idea of proving Jewish supremacy in sport. Helene on the other hand wishes to deflect from her Jewish background and identify herself exclusively as a fencer.
Gretel is aghast at this and the two spar on the subject over the course of several years as Hitler’s reign grows. Based on a true story, ‘Games’ is a cautionary tale for our times.
“GAMES… throws a serious political punch in an entertaining 60 minutes of action-packed theatre that has you hooked from the opening scene to the last.” The Adelaide Review
About Henry Naylor
Games is brought to you by the team which has won over 30 of the world’s leading Fringe titles — including Overall Best Theatre in 2016, and the Overall Adelaide Critics’ Circle Awards in 2017 & 2018. Written by Henry Naylor, a three-time Fringe First-winner known for his politically pertinent plays. Writing for various TV and theatrical productions Naylor produced his first fringe show in 2003.
Since then Naylor’s plays have been produced around the world in countries such as Belgium, Greece, Italy, Norway, Netherlands, Spain and the USA. Henry Naylor has visited the Netherlands twice before with STET to produce Borders (2018) and The Nights (2019).
STET EDUCATION – Behind the Scenes workshop with Henry Naylor and Louise Skaaning
Saturday 21 March 10:00 – 17:00
Ruimte voor Helden, Sint Jacobstraat 137, 2512 AN The Hague (at the back of Theater aan het Spui)
Playwright Henry Naylor and director Louise Skaaning will conduct a workshop teaching you the basics of making a scene for the theatre. Between them they have won many of the world’s leading Fringe Awards. They will teach you how to write a scene with engaging characters and strong arcs; and then they’ll show you how to direct it, and stage it! A lot to cram in in six hours… but let’s do it!
As part of the 75 Years of Freedom programme, Games is a particularly poignant performance as the Netherlands remembers 75 years since the end of World War II. Games shows the struggle for identity and freedom faced by many German Jews in the run up to the Second World War.
19 – 21 March 2020
Koninklijke Schouwburg The Hague (Den Haag)
The Koninklijke Schouwburg and the Paradijs theatre are fully accessible for wheelchair users. At the performance of 21 March an English-language sign interpreter will be present. Please contact email@example.com for any special requests.
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