The White Rose: The Story of Sophie Scholl
Monday 9 July 2018
London Fringe - Shows
Based on a true story, The White Rose recounts the final days of Sophie Scholl, a 21-year-old student who led the only major act of German civil disobedience during the Second World War - at the Jack Studio Theatre from 17 July.
Image: Jack Studio Theatre
Written and directed by Ross McGregor and presented by Arrows & Traps Theatre, The White Rose recounts the final days of Sophie Scholl, a German student and anti-Nazi political activist, active within the White Rose non-violent resistance group in Nazi Germany.
The show plays at the Brockley Jack Studio Theatre from 17 July to 4 August.
Born in 1921, Sophie Scholl was a skilled artist, and a shaping factor in her political outlook was her friendship with so-called 'degenerate' modern artists whose work didn't exalt the "blood and soil" values of militaristic Germany.
Ms Scholl enrolled at the University of Munich in 1942, where her brother Hans was studying medicine, and started socialising with a group drawn together by their love of art, literature and music.
Found to have been distributing anti-war leaflets at Munich, she was convicted of high treason and executed by guillotine on 22 February 1943.
Ross McGregor trained at Warwick University, and UEA.
He is the Artistic Director of Arrows & Traps Theatre and directed their productions of Much Ado About Nothing, The Winter's Tale (Lion & Unicorn), Taming Of The Shrew, Titus Andronicus, Macbeth (New Wimbledon Studio) Three Sisters, Anna Karenina, Crime & Punishment, The Gospel According to Philip, Frankenstein (Brockley Jack Studio), and Twelfth Night & Othello (Upstairs At The Gatehouse).
Other directing credits include: The Crucible (National Tour), A Doll's House (National Tour), Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (National Tour), One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (National Tour), and regional tours of Northanger Abbey, Jane Eyre, & Steel Magnolias.
Arrows & Traps Theatre are a modern fringe repertory company that seeks to produce bold, alternative and modern takes on classic texts through movement and ensemble work.
Based on a true story, The White Rose recounts the final days of Sophie Scholl, a 21-year-old student, who led the only major act of German civil disobedience during the Second World War.
Sophie, along with her brother Hans, published underground anti-Nazi leaflets calling for the peaceful overthrow of Hitler.
This timely and provocative play tells her story and explores the role that German citizens played in the rise of Hitler.
This play examines the moral strength and courage that led a group of young people to risk their lives for a righteous, dangerous cause.
This production marks the 75th anniversary of Sophie Scholl's execution.
Cornelia Baumann (Else Gebel)
Freddie Cambanakis (Fritz Hartnagel)
Lucy Ioannou (Sophie Scholl)
Conor Moss (Alexander Schmorell)
Will Pinchin (Hans Scholl)
Pearce Sampson (Christoph Probst)
Alex Stevens (Willi Graf)
Christopher Tester (Robert Mohr)
Beatrice Vincent (Traute Lafrenz)
Author: Ross McGregor
Director: Ross McGregor
Designer: Odin Corie
Choreography: Nancy Kettle
Lighting: Ben Jacobs
Sound: Alistair Lax
Fight director: Yarit Dor
Movement: Roman Berry
Production: Arrows & Traps Theatre
From: Tuesday 17 July 2018
Closes: Saturday 4 August 2018
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