Theatre Works Program



Date: 21 Jun 2012 - 01 Jul 2012
Time: Tue to Sat 8pm, Sun 5pm
Price: $35 full / $30 conc & groups 10+ [plus booking fee]

On June 23 1944, the Nazis permitted an inspection of the Theresienstadt Concentration Camp by the Red Cross. This was done in order to dispel terrifying rumours of genocide, but what the inspectors witnessed sent chills down their spines - it was a hauntingly peaceful community of Jews. If only they had looked a little closer...

HIMMELWEG tells the devastating tale of these actual events that occurred during World War II. Known as ‘Operation Embellishment’; a fake community was established in an attempt to misdirect the negative world view of Hitler as he addressed “The Jewish question”. The camps prisoners were forced to rehearse scenes, which LITERALLY became the performances of their lives.  “Himmelweg” means “Way to Heaven”; this is what the Nazi Soldiers called the path into the extermination camps. 

Written by acclaimed playwright Juan Mayorga, HIMMELWEG premiered in 2005 at London’s Royal Court Theatre. Proudly presented by REDROOM Theatre Company, the 2012 Theatre Works season marks the Melbourne premiere of the powerful production; a story about propaganda at its most deadly.

A compelling, cunningly constructed play." (The Independent)

"This shattering play should not be missed!" (Sunday Times)

Directed by Alister Smith
Performed by:
John Shearman
Tim Paige
Veronica Thomas
Claudia Tory
Lily Constantine
Luke Jacka
Nicolas Colla

WARNINGS: excesive loud noises.  Duration is 1 hour & 55 mins with no interval. Please note there is a latecomer policy [late audience members will only be admitted into the theatre at a specific time after the performance has commenced]

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Theatre Works respectfully acknowledges the Yalukit Willam Clan of the Boon Wurrung who are the traditional custodians of this land. We pay our respect to their Elders, both past and present. We acknowledge and uphold their continuing relationship to this land and extend that respect to other Indigenous Australians who join us at Theatre Works.