Delving into a suitcase full of sketches, songs and letters, the theatre group [Foreign Affairs] brings to life the story of the Laterndl theatre in Hampstead, established by a group of exile actors and writers from Nazi-occupied Austria during the Second World War. Rekindling the Viennese tradition of political cabaret, they reflect on their new surroundings and hopes for the future, and bring a beacon of light to the 30,000-strong traumatised refugee community. The Laterndl received wide critical acclaim and soon came to symbolise the community’s resistance to Nazi terror and assertion of an independent Austrian identity and culture.
‘Making Theatre in Exile’ re-discovers the Laterndl through the work of the Research Centre for German & Austrian Exile Studies on the Martin Miller and Hannah Norbert-Miller Archive, deposited in 2001 at the Institute of Modern Languages Research (University of London).
Performed in the original German and English, this project has been made possible by sponsorship from the Miller Trust, the Being Human Festival, the Austrian Cultural Forum London, and the Open World Research Initiative (OWRI).
Doors open for the 1st performance at 6 pm
Doors open for the 2nd performance at 8 pm
Attendance is free, but seating is limited and advance online booking is essential. Seats are not numbered, and are allocated on a first come, first served basis. Each performance will last approximately 2 hours.
The Hampstead Jazz Club is located in the basement cellar of a 1721 pub. There is no stair-free access. Persons with limited mobility can use the external staircase which has railings.
There is a bar for drinks in the Club; booking a table for dinner upstairs in the Duke of Hamilton at least one hour before the start time is recommended.
This event is part of the Being Human festival, the UK’s only national festival of the humanities, taking place 14–23 November. Led by the School of Advanced Study, University of London, in partnership with the Arts & Humanities Research Council and the British Academy.
For further information please see beinghumanfestival.org