Empty Hands

EISP at the 2011 Fringe Festival Praha

Expats.cz Staff

Written by Expats.cz Staff Published on 05.05.2011 13:03:36 (updated on 05.05.2011) Reading time: 1 minute

‘A journey to an uncertain place for an uncertain amount of time´

‘I was born in 1931 in Prague into a Jewish family and as such I was condemned to death …´

Devised using first hand testimony and performed by students  from The English International School of Prague, ‘Empty Hands´ tells the captivating story of the unexpected highs and appalling lows of life at Terezin, through the eyes of a 10 year old girl who is deported to the ghetto in 1941.

EISP students led by Head of Drama, Adam Stewart have collaborated with a Terezin survivor, The Terezin Memorial, The Jewish Museum and students and teachers from The Lauder School, Prague in order to research and devise a unique and thought-provoking production.

‘‘Empty Hands´ began as an idea back in September 2010 and over the last 6 months has become a whole school project that has involved many EISP students. Our goal was to write a play that was an honest account of life at the Terezin ghetto´´, says Adam Stewart.

Primary students were given the opportunity to talk to a Terezin survivor as part of their work on World War 2 and Religious Education students in the senior school visited the Lauder School, Prague in order to celebrate and learn about the Jewish festival of Chanukah with Lauder students.

‘Empty Hands´ will be premiered at The EISP Theatre on Wednesday 18th May followed by performances at The Attic Theatre, Terezin on Tuesday 31st May, Na Pradle Divadlo from Wednesday 1st June – Saturday 4th June from 5.30pm – 6.30pm during the Fringe Festival Praha and at The British School, Warsaw on Thursday 16th June as part of a tour of Poland where students will also have the opportunity to visit Auschwitz/Birkenau and the city of Krakow.

Tickets for the Fringe Festival Praha performances can be purchased at www.ticketstream.cz or from Na Pradle Divadlo.

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