The Holocaust viewed through eyes of children

Photo: Lewisham Council

The Broadway Theatre has offered its stage to young children from primary and secondary schools in Lewisham. The performers impressed everyone with a special show in honour of victims of the Holocaust.

The young people involved have been researching ‘untold stories’ about recent cases of genocide for their drama performance on Sunday. The innovative event took place three days before the National Holocaust Memorial Day on 27 January, the date that marks the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camps in 1945.

All the children that participated received a valuable opportunity to learn about the individual stories of people that suffered during those black chapters in history. Their re-enactments of these stories passed on a strong message to the audience of 800 people.

The Yaller Skunk Theatre Company worked with the pupils for several months and helped them create dramatic scenes based on stories that took place in Rwanda, Bosnia and other places afflicted by the horrors of genocide.

The Company was impressed by the young actors’ skills and stated that the use of imagery and physical style led to some very interesting creative work.

Sir Steve Bullock, Mayor of Lewisham, said: “Telling stories is a way to remember the past, and also a way we can help future generations learn about the past. It is important that we never forget those who have suffered and died, but honour their memories by working together to ensure these atrocities never happen again.”

For more information on National Holocaust Day events throughout the East London Lines boroughs please click here.

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