Monkey Baa Theatre Company will return to HOTA this September with a unique stage adaption of ‘Hitler’s Daughter’, the iconic book written by award-winning Australian author, Jackie French.
Set in the Australian countryside, Hitler’s Daughter sees Anna telling her friends a story at the bus shelter about Hitler who, caught in the turmoil of war, hid his daughter away. Anna’s friend Mark becomes so engrossed in Anna’s story, he begins to wonder how it would feel to be the child of someone as evil as Hitler.
As the play evolves, Mark’s search for truth in a world of half-truths becomes clearer and the story culminates in the bombing of Berlin, the fall of the Third Reich and the end of Heidi’s innocence.
HOTA CEO, Criena Gehrke, said this play poses powerful questions and examines moral issues in relation to society’s fears and prejudices in a fresh, compelling light.
“Kids will be introduced to some pretty big moral and social issues in this extraordinary play about searching for truth in a world of half-truths,” said Criena.
“This is a fantastic piece of theatre from award-winning Monkey Baa Theatre Company that entertains but also provokes discussion and critical thinking.”
Adapted for the stage by Monkey Baa’s Eva Di Cesare, Sandra Eldridge and Tim McGarry, Hitler’s Daughter has toured Australia and the United States, receiving many prestigious awards including a Robert Helpmann Award, the APACA Drover Award and a Drover Special Panel Award.
HOTA is the second stop on Monkey Baa’s Queensland tour where special guest, Jackie French, will take part in a Q&A session following the performance on Friday 13th September.
Having written over 140 books and winning more than 60 national and international awards, Jackie French’s Hitler’s Daughter is one of her most critically acclaimed books, winning the UK Wow! Award, a semi Grand Prix Japan Award and being listed as a blue-ribbon book in the USA.
Hitler’s Daughter will take place at Home of the Arts on Thursday 12 September at 7.30pm and Friday 13 September at 11am.
For more information, visit hota.com.au.