Review: Lost at Sea – Perth Theatre

First published in The Times, Wednesday May 1 2019

Four Stars

Morna Young began work on this, her first full-length play, in 2011, but the tragic story at its heart has been bubbling beneath the surface for much longer. Young, from the fishing community of Burghead in Moray, lost her own father, a trawlerman, to the sea in 1989, when she was five years old.

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Review: Into That Darkness – Citizens Theatre, Glasgow

First published in The Times, Tuesday May 26 2015

Four Stars

Of all the ways that theatre, film and literature have found to deal with the Holocaust, Gitta Sereny’s book Into That Darkness has to be one of the most powerful, with its unyielding focus on one man’s guilt and complicity. First published in 1974, it is a rigorous distillation of 60 hours of interviews with Franz Stangl, commandant of the extermination camps of Treblinka and Sobibor, under whose responsibility about 900,000 prisoners lost their lives.

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