Holocaust horrors brought to life

By Harriet Ernstsons Tuesday 24 April 2012 Updated: 24/04 14:52

The Diary of Anne Frank, Wolverhampton Grand Theatre

Tuesday, March 6

PERHAPS the most well-known personal account of the Holocaust was brought to life on the Grand's stage this week.

The evening followed the story of the inhabitants of the secret annexe for two years during the Second World War with the diary entries made by Anne, aged 13 at the time of going into hiding, used as the basis for the play.

The clear focus was on the characters and how they coped with the confinement, lack of space and news from the outside world. It meant while the audience was clearly aware of the bigger picture, everyone was drawn in to the lives of the two families involved. This worked well as, while it is important to realise the scale of the atrocities, it hit home more as you saw how the war had taken its toll on the teenager.

The set itself was cleverly designed, with movable furniture meaning different rooms within the annexe were portrayed without changing the set. Having all of the main characters on stage throughout the play also added to the feeling of confinement and all the performances were faultless throughout.

While the evening was undoubtedly moving, there were lighter movements - with Anne's strength of character showing through as she attempted to keep the spirits of her family up.

All in all, the play felt as if it was pitched just right to serve as not only a interesting piece of drama, but also a poignant reminder of the horror endured by the ordinary people who made up just a handful of the millions affected.

Harriet Ernstsons

Popular »

1 Pub to make way for new homes

2 Hefty fine for flasher driver

3 Personal details for sale on 'dark web'

4 Petition against grave rules

5 Town set to welcome star names

More entertainment »

Miller time at the Palace

THE WORLD famous Glenn Miller Orchestra will be

Straight off the top of the pack

THE ‘PURVEYORS of Cool’ are set to swing

A classic tale for all family

THE TIMELESS tale of the boy who would

Top class theatre

THE CHANCE to see the National Theatre without

Regional entertainment »


Bromsgrove Standard
Top children's illustrator Nick Sharratt to give drawing masterclass in ...

YOUNGSTERS can get a drawing masterclass when top children's author ...

Worcester Observer

Visit the Worcester Observer website for the latest.

Stratford Observer
Musical mavericks at Warwick Arts Centre

MUSICAL mavericks from New Orleans to Kingston are among those ...

Evesham Observer
Andrew brings the darker side

STAND-UP comedy's foremost creepy-faced, weird-voiced ginger comedian brings his special ...