Sobering return of James Hyland to Ropery Hall

Award winning actor James Hyland returns to Barton upon Humber’s Ropery Hall next month as part of the national tour of A Lesson from Auschwitz.

Written, produced and directed by actor, writer, and producer James, this unique theatrical production explores how and why the Nazis did what they did, shedding light on the mentality of the perpetrators and the disturbing reality of life in a death camp.

“Set in 1941, Rudolf Höss, Commandant of Auschwitz, is assembling his SS personnel in a secret meeting with the express purpose of introducing a new method for exterminating Europe’s Jews: Zyklon B, a deadly poison gas. Every soldier in attendance is sworn to secrecy, and no one questions its usage – no one except a lone Jewish prisoner, forced to participate and humiliated throughout; the very prisoner upon which this “lesson” would be demonstrated,” explained Liz Bennet of The Ropewalk.

Described by Nicolas Kinloch (author of National Socialist Racial Policy) as “powerful and convincing, a considerable achievement”, A Lesson from Auschwitz is the latest production in Brother Wolf’s long line of groundbreaking stage plays including Fagin’s Last Hour,  A Christmas Carol – As told by Jacob Marley (deceased), the Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, and The Accountment of Luke,

James made his professional acting debut in The North Pole, winning the Guardian International Student Drama Award in 1996 and since then he has appeared in more than 60 productions, working with a variety of directors including Michael Boyd, Adrian Noble and Matthew Warchus as well as acclaimed companies such as the Royal Shakespeare Company and Brother Wolf (of which he is the Artistic Director), winning a further eight awards including Best Performer in Theatre (Fringe Report Awards, 2012) for his solo performance as Marley’s Ghost in A Christmas Carol – As told by Jacob Marley (deceased). This was followed by two more award-winning one-man shows: Fagin’s Last Hour and Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde; also serving as adapter and producer on all three productions.

A Lesson from Auschwitz is being staged on Saturday, September 17 beginning at 7.30pm.

Tickets cost £13 in advance or £15 on the door and they can be purchased online at www.roperyhall.co.uk, by calling 01652 660380 or in person at the Craft Gallery.

 

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