Voices give Holocaust education

Voices, resident at Creed Street Arts Centre
Voices, resident at Creed Street Arts Centre

A home-grown theatre company that is changing the landscape of Holocaust education in the UK presents an exploration of Jewish culture and history at Creed Street Arts Centre this week.

Voices of the Holocaust is a ground-breaking touring company founded by Cate Hibbert, formerly Head of Drama for 12 years at Stantonbury Campus.

The company creates inspiring productions that enrich an audience’s understanding of this difficult period of human history.

Voices is now theatre company in residence at Creed Street Arts Centre in Wolverton and - having just agreed a partnership with the Holocaust Education Trust to write National Guidelines for the teaching of the Holocaust using Drama and Theatre - is well-placed to educate audiences on this complex and emotionally demanding subject.

Cate explains the motivation behind Voices: “This is too important a subject, and with our survivors increasingly leaving us, we musn’t allow their voices to be lost.

“And theatre is a live, immediate medium that can speak on their behalf.

“So Voices was born.”

The education week will allow Voices to share their innovative work with students, teachers and wider audiences.

Explore Jewish culture both before, during and after the Holocaust in the cafe space from Tuesday until Saturday - free for all, although donations toward education programmes are gratefully received.

>On Monday, visitors will be able to meet Voices’ founder Cate and one of the company’s patrons, Shonaleigh (a third generation Holocaust survivor), from 7.30pm.

>Tuesday will see teachers of social sciences and creative subjects invited to explore new ways of teaching lessons on the subject, and an evening film screening of Polish masterpiece ‘Passenger’.

> A Holocaust survivor talk on Wednesday will bring the dark reality of the Holocaust to life - bear witness to Gena Turgel testify to her surival from 7.30pm - with theatrical workshops continuing throughout the week.

For more information visit www.creedstreet.com