This premiere of a specially devised piece will bring to life some of the original theatre material from the Miller Archive, which comprises materials and recordings relating to the careers of Austrian Jewish exiles, Martin Miller and Hannah Norbert-Miller.
Delving into a suitcase full of sketches, songs, letters and more, three actors from the theatre group, Foreign Affairs, will explore the notion of making theatre in exile and what that means today.
Set shortly before the outbreak of war in 1939, a group of exiled writers and actors from Nazi-occupied Austria start a theatre in London. By rekindling their Viennese tradition of political cabaret, they plan to bring a beacon of light to the bleak lives of a traumatised community.
Known as the Laterndl, it received wide acclaim and soon came to symbolise the community’s resistance to Nazi terror and assertion of an independent Austrian national culture and identity.
Tickets to the event, sponsored by the Martin Miller and Hannah Norbert-Miller Trust, and the Austrian Cultural Forum, are free. Advance online booking essential.
Date: 30 April, 6–7.30pm
Who: Institute of Modern Languages Research
Where: The Senate Room, first floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU