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1 Nov 2018 - 31 Dec 2020

Short Synopsis

GANESH VERSUS THE THIRD REICH is poignant, beautiful, disarming, full of vulnerability and sly transparency.

The story begins with the elephant-headed god Ganesh travelling through Nazi Germany to reclaim the Swastika, an ancient Hindu symbol. As this intrepid hero embarks on his journey a second narrative is revealed: the actors themselves begin to feel the weighty responsibility of storytellers and question the ethics of cultural appropriation.

Cleverly interwoven in the play’s design is the story of a young man inspired to create a play about Ganesh, god of overcoming obstacles. He is an everyman who must find the strength to overcome the difficulties in his own life, and defend his play and his collaborators against an overbearing colleague.

The show is made before our very eyes and takes on its own life. It invites us to examine who has the right to tell a story and who has the right to be heard. It explores our complicity in creating and dismantling the world, human possibility and hope.

Reviews Feature

"...never lets you settle in to passive acceptance of anything it does. It's a vital sense-sharpening tonic for theatregoers who feel they've seen it all." - Ben Brantley, New York Times

Written By
Mark Deans, Marcia Ferguson, Bruce Gladwin, Nicki Holland, Simon Laherty, Sarah Mainwaring, Scott Price, Kate Sulan, Brian Tilley & David Woods
Composed By
Jóhann Jóhannsson
Directed By
Bruce Gladwin
Designed By
Lighting Design Andrew Livingston, Bluebottle | Design Construction Mark Cuthbertson | Design & Animation Rhian Hinkley
Availability Status
Generally available


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