von Morton Rhue
Infos zur Produktion
TNT THEATRE Britain
Morton Rhue´s THE WAVE has become classic literature throughout central Europe. It is based on a true story in an American high school in 1969 in which a teacher through an experiment attempted to demonstrate firsthand to the pupils how the Institution of fascism became so popular in the III-Reich. The pupils were forced to dress in a certain way, address him by his last name, come punctually to class every day and to feel part of a group of equals. The former outcasts soon felt integrated into the organization. The pupils were also encouraged to recruit members of other classes into the group-known as THE WAVE-and soon the whole school became involved. Those not wishing to take part were chastised and even physically tormented. Within one short week the experiment had gotten out of hand and had to be terminated.
The production of this novel-the first time it has been performed on stage in English-although true to the original story- wishes to show that fascism is an evil which can and does raise its ugly head anywhere in the world. The setting is the typical American high school of the late 1960´s replete with music of the period-THE BEACHBOYS; THE MAMAS AND THE PAPAS; PETER, PAUL AND MARY- in which naïve, innocent pupils, most unable at first glance to pinpoint either Europe let alone Germany on a map, have their day in class. With the introduction of THE WAVE the story takes a sharp turn in another direction and suddenly becomes very serious. The presentation is entertaining, serious and thought provoking. Length 90 minutes without an intermission.
directed by Paul Stebbings
Musical Director: John Kenney
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