Savage

Savage

Venue: 
Arts Theatre
Location: 
Fringe

Uncovers the tragic tale of a Nazi doctor and his ill-conceived 'cure' for homosexuality.
In the late 1930s, Danish doctor Carl Peter Værnet discovered what he believed to be “the cure for homosexuality”: injecting testosterone into the testicles of live human subjects without anaesthetic. Dr Værnet was given a prominent post at the Nazi concentration camp Buchenwald, where he experimented on 17 inmates. After the liberation by Allied forces, Dr Værnet was arrested as a Nazi war criminal. However, the British major who interrogated him was intrigued by his 'cure', and the doctor was allowed to flee. He then escaped to South America, where he continued to experiment on thousands of live subjects, with the full knowledge of both the British and Danish authorities. He died in 1965.
We meet two young men directly affected by Dr Værnet’s experiments – their glamorous, hedonistic life in 1930s Copenhagen as well as the tragic treatment of one of them by the Nazis.

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By: 
Claudio Macor
Producer: 
Andrea Leoncini for LWL Investments and Entertainment
Director: 
Claudio Macor
Cast list: 
Alexander Huetson, Gary Fannin, Nic Kyle, Bradley Clarkson, Lee Knigh, Emily Lynne, Christopher Hines, Kristian Simenov.
Savage Schedule
Opening date: 
Friday, 1 July, 2016
Available from: 
Saturday, 10 December, 2016
Booking to: 
Saturday, 23 July, 2016
Closes: 
Saturday, 23 July, 2016
MatineeEvening
Monday-7.30pm
Tuesday-7.30pm
Wednesday-7.30pm
Thursday-7.30pm
Friday-7.30pm
Saturday-7.30pm
Sunday--
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Our Review

Inspired by an article in The Guardian by Peter Tatchell, Savage explores the atrocities committed by Nazi sympathiser Dr Carl Peter Vaernet who believed he had found a 'cure' for homosexuality that included injecting monkey testosterone into the testicles of gay men. Unchallenged in Denmark during the 1930s, the practice was... Read more

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