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Preview: Diary Of Anne Frank at Newcastle People’s Theatre
“I still believe
in spite of everything, that people are really good at heart.”
Diary Of Anne Frank Dramatized
by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett Newcastle
People’s Theatre Tuesday
29 October – Saturday 2 November 2019
more poignant true stories emerged from World War II than the diary of young
Anne Frank, and her words about love, fear and hope come alive once again at
the People’s Theatre next week.
was four years old when Hitler and the Nazis came to power in Germany, and a
year later she and her family emigrated to Amsterdam. In 1941,
when Anne was 11, upon the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands, Dutch Jews were
immediately confronted with discriminatory measures. The following year, when
their emigration plans failed, the Frank family went into hiding from the
Gestapo in an Amsterdam warehouse attic. They were joined by the Van Pels
family and Fritz Pfeffer.
for 761 days, but the constant secrecy, growing hunger and friction of living
in such cramped conditions could not dull Anne’s vibrant personality or her
passion for living. Amidst the
despair there is always optimism in her writings, love and even the beginnings
of romance, awakening within the heart of an effervescent teenager.
were discovered and arrested on 14 August 1944 and put on a transport to
Auschwitz. Out of the eight people from the Secret Annex, Anne’s father Otto
was the only one to survive the war. He
subsequently received his daughter’s diaries from his secretary Miep Gies. At
first Otto could bear to read them, but once he started he was gripped, writing
‘I had no idea of the depths of her thoughts and feelings.’
of A Young Girl’ was first published in English in 1952 and has since been
translated into over 60 languages.
adaptation by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett premiered on Broadway in 1955
and went on to win the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
survived, Anne Frank would have turned 90 this year. She lives on in her
diaries which continue to uplift and inspire, warn and remind – an important
and moving story of humanity struggling to survive in adversity.
Heaps plays Anne Frank in our production. Abbie was 9 years old when she first
read Anne’s diaries and remembers finding the tragedy of her story hard to
forget. In fact, so powerful is Anne’s story that Abbie took on the role
despite the fact that she is getting married ten days before opening night! “When I
found out that we were doing the play I knew I wouldn’t be able to resist
auditioning. I’ve managed to work around rehearsals and I’m lucky to have very
supportive family, friends and of course husband-to-be who have helped keep
everything on track.”