Of Hope and Endurance – The Legacy of Etty Hillesum

Sunday 12th November 2017 at 7pm.  Venue and bar open at 6.30pm.

The Under Ground Theatre is delighted to stage a very special event on this most special of days – Remembrance Sunday.

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Of Hope and Endurance is a production based on the astonishing diaries of Etty Hillesum, a Jewish woman in her mid twenties, and written during the German occupation of Amsterdam in World War II.

Etty Hillesum

Etty was part of a circle of young free thinking academics, centred around the psychologist and chirologist Julius Spier, (a student of Carl Jung) with whom she ultimately falls in love.

Despite the ever worsening conditions to which the Jewish population are subjected, Etty refuses to feel vengeance or hatred towards her oppressors, but only compassion, and a joy in the beauty of the world around her. A student of philosophy, religion and Russian literature, the spiritual beauty and insight of Etty’s writings belie her young age. One of her great ambitions was to be a published writer and to bring comfort and hope to people through her work. This ambition has now been realized, but only posthumously; the diaries were not released until the 1980’s,; over 40 years after her death, to great critical acclaim.

This show, created by Mark Edwards, comprises spoken word, beautiful music and visual projections. Mark has worked as a professional pianist, arranger, composer and producer for over 30 years with a wide array of artists; from Paul Weller, Daryl Hall, Chris Rea and Katie Melua, to Bruce Forsythe, Liane Carroll Alan Barnes and Johnny Dankworth.
Some of the music has been composed specifically for the production, but the score also includes compositions by Arvo Part, Maria Shneider, John Lewis alongside traditional Jewish folk songs.

It is arranged by Mark Edwards for string quintet, piano, guitar and percussion.

The diaries are read by the wonderful actress Elaine Montgomerie, now resident in Eastbourne, who has enjoyed a long and distinguished international career on the stage, most recently in her one woman show ‘Madame Pompadour’.

The visual projections were created by Joseph Edwards, a young filmmaker who’s CV already includes the South Bank Centre, Covent Garden Royal Opera House and English National ballet, as well as having worked on several major feature films including the recent Marvel film ‘Dr. Strange’.

An inspiring story of hope and endurance in the most difficult of circumstances, and celebrates the life of an extraordinary young woman.

Sunday 12th November 2017 at 7pm.  Venue and bar open at 6.30pm.

Tickets: £8.

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Regretfully, the venue has no wheelchair access.  A hearing loop is available.