In a time long ago, well 1943 to be exact, Tunisia was home to Arabs and Jews who lived together under French rule. The Nazi's invasion of Tunisia introduced violence, suffering, and betrayal between neighbours. Such is the setting for the Almeida's new drama about war, survival, and identity which playwright Josh Azouz serves drenched in sickly black humour.In the play's striking opening scene, designer Max Johns has innovatively recreated a Tunisian desert using sand coloured boxes of various...
Once Upon a Time in Nazi Occupied Tunisia Information
"On the way over I saw three vipers copulating...I know what you're thinking...monogamy is under threat."
1943. Four months into the Nazi occupation of Tunisia. You're imprisoned in a labour camp. You're buried up to your neck. You're dying of thirst, you miss your wife and your best friend just pissed on your face.
How could things possibly get any worse?
Eleanor Rhode directs the world premiere of Once Upon A Time in Nazi Occupied Tunisia - a brutally comic new play by Josh Azouz about home and identity, marriage and survival, blood and feathers.
Josh Azouz's plays include The Mikvah Project (Orange Theatre Theatre and Yard Theatre) and Buggy Baby (Yard Theatre). Eleanor Rhode has recently directed Rust (Bush Theatre/HighTide), King John (RSC) and Boudica (Shakespeare's Globe).
The Genesis Foundation Kickstart Fund has supported Josh Azouz on the development of Once Upon A Time in Nazi Occupied Tunisia.
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Cast and creative
By: Josh Azouz
Director: Eleanor Rhode
Cast list: Adrian Edmondson, Laura Hanna, Ethan Kai, Pierro Niel-Mee, Yasmin Paige and Daniel Rainford
Design: Max Johns
Lighting: Jess Bernberg
Sound: David Gregory
Latest Once Upon a Time in Nazi Occupied Tunisia News & Features
The full cast for the world premiere of Once Upon a Time in Nazi Occupied Tunisia has been named. Josh Azouz's World War Two drama is at the Almeida Theatre from 21 August - 18 September, as part of the Almeida's reopening season. Find out more about upcoming shows at the Almeida Theatre here. Set in 1943, audiences are transported to the Nazi occupation of Tunisia. Four months into the occupation, people are imprisoned in labour camps, unable to see a way out. Press material states: "You're...