The Escape Act: A Holocaust Memoir

Monday 1 August I 7.30pm

Pay What You Want

The Chelsea Theatre, London, SW10 0DR

Part of the 18 Shows Programme Presented by The Chelsea Theatre.

“The Escape Act: A Holocaust Memoir” is a one-woman show based on the life of Irene Danner, a Jewish acrobat who witnessed the rise of the Nazi party as a teenager and survived the Holocaust hiding and performing at a German circus.

In this feat of dynamic physical storytelling, using puppetry, acrobatics & rare archival footage, Stav Meishar, a grandchild of Holocaust survivors, charts Irene's life from youth to epic escape, and the budding of a new circus family.

As Stav travels through Irene's life it triggers memories of her own family history, of struggles and multigenerational trauma – and with the past looming closer and closer, she is forced to invite it in.

Blending past and present through the intertwining voices of storyteller and heroine, this stirring work is a powerful reminder of the positive impact courageous acts can have for generations to Come.

Stav Meishar is a queer interdisciplinary theatre maker based in Bristol. She performs internationally, in Hebrew, English, and Yiddish. “The Escape Act” is the culmination of eight years of research into the lives of German-Jewish circus families between 1929-1945.

Suitability: Contains references to loss, grief and childbirth (no nudity, no graphic imagery of the Holocaust) and due to the distressing subject matter, age guidance is 10+ at parents discretion.

Doors Open: 7.00pm
Show start: 7.30pm

This is a main Festival event run in collaboration with The Chelsea Theatre. Tickets are Pay-What-You-Want for each of the 18 shows hosted by The Chelsea Theatre for Kensington and Chelsea Festival.

The Escape Act: A Holocaust Memoir