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The displays focus on the Holocaust and New Zealand:

  • Jewish life before and after the Holocaust.

  • Two parallel Timelines, events in Europe and the New Zealand responses.

  • The experience of the Holocaust told through the stories of New Zealand Holocaust survivors.

  • Powerful videos of Holocaust survivors telling their stories.

  • View the new exhibition 'Auschwitz to Aotearoa: Survival in Nazi Concentration Camps' about nine Jewish women, from different countries and backgrounds, who survived Auschwitz and later came to New Zealand.

  • Gain an insight into the experiences of Holocaust survivors based in New Zealand and their war-time lives.

  • Learn about the challenges refugees from Nazi Europe faced in New Zealand.

Circa Theatre Presents: Caging Skies, by Desiree Gezentsvey

Caging Skies, a play written by award-winning writter Desiree Gezentsvey and directed by visionary director Andrew Foster, has its world premier at Circa Theatre beginning August 12. More details about the play and showtimes are available here. Tickets can be booked here.

Desiree Gezentsvey and the CAGING SKIES Production Team most gratefully acknowledge the generous sponsorship of The Adam Foundation, Sally & Tim Thomson-Gregg, Michael Pitt, Ari Chait, Sandra & Garrick Zukerman, Susan & Nigel Isaacs ~ THANK YOU! We would be delighted to hear from any Theatre/Arts Philanthropists who would keen to become sponsors of this meaningful show! Please contact Desiree Gezentsvey (021 771 560 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Heartfelt thanks also go to the HCNZ, Inge Woolf, Chris Harris, Kaye Clark, WJCC and Temple Sinai, family and friends for your support and for promoting the play ~ please spread the word and share links on social media, hope to see you all there!

More information:

CIRCA THEATRE PRESENTS
A World Premiere

CAGING SKIES

Written by Desiree Gezentsvey
Based on the novel by Christine Leunens

Directed by Andrew Foster

Music & Sound Design by Jeremy Cullen

STARRING
Tim Earle (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time)
Comfrey Sanders (Don Juan)
Claire Waldron (King Lear)
Donna Akersten (Last Legs)

TRUE PASSIONS. TRUE LIES.

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

Based on Christine Leunens’ novel of the same title, nominated for the Prix Medicis and the Prix FNAC 2007, Caging Skies is a must-see psychological drama that examines truth and lies at both political and personal levels, 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.

“...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

SEASON DETAILS:
Circa Two - 12 August – 9 September (preview 11 August)
Performance Times: Tuesday to Saturday -7.30pm / Sunday Matinees 4.30pm
Bookings 1 Taranaki St / Wellington / 04 801 7992 / www.circa.co.nz/package/caging-skies/

For more details please contact Desiree Gezentsvey - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / 021 771 560

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