Date(s) - 7 Jun 2011
1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Frankston Arts Centre
Capture the Flag
Captioned Performance: 7 June at 1pm
A play about history and our children, warfare and freewill…
Berlin. 1945. The last gasp of World War II. Three young boys huddle for days in the sewers as the Russian tanks rumble through the streets above. Karl and Albert are both 12 years old, and members of the Hitler Youth – desperate to become men before their time and entrenched in the belief that their “body belongs to their nation”. Herret is only eight, and desperate to get back to his mother, his indoctrination not as complete as his companions but he knows enough to fall in line. The rules of their favourite game have changed and now the bullets are real.
The boys have been conditioned to fight to the last bullet but, almost paralysed by fear and indecision, they bicker among themselves as they must determine how to survive. One moment they debate the promises made to them by Hitler and in the next they talk of the prospect of love and dream about their first kiss. The sudden arrival of a teenage girl running from the occupiers jolts a final reality into the boys and they must face what we already know. The war has been lost. Adults have betrayed them. It has all been in vain.
Award-winning playwright and director Toby Schmitz’s new Australian play is a gripping, intelligent and unlikely story that sees coming of age meet historical apocalypse in a unique and immersive theatrical experience.
“Simple and affecting … effective and evocative” – Sydney Morning Herald
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