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Our Class
On from 16 Sep 2009 till 12 Jan 2010
National Theatre
by a new play by Tadeusz Slobodzianek in a version by Ryan Craig
Genre(s): New Writing, Drama

About: Our Class

A group of schoolchildren, Jewish and Catholic, declare their ambitions: one to be a fireman, one a film star, one a pilot, another a doctor. They are learning the ABC. This is Poland, 1925. As the children grow up, their country is torn apart by invading armies, first Soviet and then Nazi. Internal grievances deepen as fervent nationalism develops; friends betray each other; violence escalates. Until these ordinary people carry out an extraordinary and monstrous act that darkly resonates to this day.

A crowd was standing round laughing and joking as they watched us. I knew them all. They were our neighbours.

Polish playwright, Tadeusz Slobodzianek, confronts his country’s involvement in the atrocities of the last century and follows the one-time classmates – amidst the weddings, parades, births, deaths, emigrations and reconciliations – into the next.

Reviews

4 STARS
Evening Standard, Daily Mail, Daily Telegraph, Guardian, Independent, Mail on Sunday, Metro, Sunday Express, The Times, Time Out

'A remarkable and powerful play... It is hard to praise the 10-strong cast too highly.'
Daily Telegraph

‘Majestically conveys a sense of history as a living organism.'
Evening Standard

‘Directed by Bijan Sheibani with admirable simplicity.'
Guardian

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