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The White Rose - Jack Studio Theatre

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

ARROWS & Traps Theatre is presenting The White Rose by Ross McGregor at the Jack Studio Theatre – from Tuesday, July 17 to Saturday, August 4, 2018.

Based on a true story, The White Rose recounts the final days of Sophie Scholl, a 21-year-old student, who led the only major act of German civil disobedience during the Second World War. Sophie, along with her brother Hans, published underground anti-Nazi leaflets calling for the peaceful overthrow of Hitler.

This timely and provocative play tells her story and explores the role that German citizens played in the rise of Hitler. This play examines the moral strength and courage that led a group of young people to risk their lives for a righteous, dangerous cause.

This production marks the 75th anniversary of Sophie Scholl’s execution.

The cast includes Cornelia Baumann (as Else Gebel), Freddie Cambanakis (Fritz Hartnagel), Lucy Ioannou (Sophie Scholl), Conor Moss (Alexander Schmorell), Will Pinchin (Hans Scholl), Pearce Sampson (Christoph Probst), Alex Stevens (Willi Graf), Christopher Tester (Robert Mohr) and Beatrice Vincent (Traute Lafrenz).

The production is also directed by Ross McGregor, with movement direction by Roman Berry, choreography by Nancy Kettle, fight and intimacy direction by Yarit Dor, lighting design by Ben Jacobs and sound design by Alistair Lax.

Sophie Scholl was born May 9, 1921. She was a skilled artist, and a shaping factor in her political outlook was her friendship with so-called ‘degenerate’ modern artists whose work didn’t exalt the “blood and soil” values of militaristic Germany. Scholl enrolled at the University of Munich in 1942, where her brother Hans was studying medicine, and started socialising with a group drawn together by their love of art, literature and music. Increasingly, they found themselves discussing politics and decided something must be done.

Ross McGregor trained at Warwick University, and UEA. He is the Artistic Director of Arrows & Traps Theatre and directed their productions of Much Ado About Nothing, The Winter’s Tale (Lion and Unicorn Theatre), The Taming Of The Shrew, Titus Andronicus, Macbeth (New Wimbledon Studio), Three Sisters, Anna Karenina, Crime and Punishment, The Gospel According to Philip, Frankenstein (Brockley Jack Studio), and Twelfth Night and Othello (Upstairs At The Gatehouse).

Seven-time Off West End Award Nominated Arrows & Traps Theatre return to the Jack after their sold-out run of Chekhov’s Three Sisters.

The White Rose is suitable for ages 14+.

Tickets: £16, £13 concessions – to book, call the box office on 0333 666 3366 (£1.50 fee for phone bookings only) or visit brockleyjack.co.uk/.

Time: 7.30pm.

Also at the Jack Studio Theatre: Stepping Out by acclaimed British playwright Richard Harris (June 19 to July 7) and New Tricks Theatre’s Back To Where (July 10 to July 14, 2018).