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WAAPA brings Anne Frank’s diary to life on stage

Thursday, 27 April 2017


This year marks the 70th anniversary of the publication of The Diary of a Young Girl, Anne Frank’s intimate record of the years she and her family spent hiding from the Nazis in occupied Holland during the latter part of World War II.

Anne was just thirteen years old in 1942 when she and her Jewish family fled their home in Amsterdam and, with another family, went into hiding in the attic of an old office building. For the next two years, until they were betrayed to the Gestapo, the families faced hunger, boredom, the constant cruelties of living in confined quarters, and the ever-present threat of discovery and death.

In her diary, Anne Frank recorded her vivid impressions of her experiences during this period. A compelling self-portrait of a sensitive and spirited young woman whose life was tragically cut short, the book has become an international classic, selling some 30 million copies in 67 languages.

In this anniversary year of the book’s publication, Perth audiences will get the opportunity to see this extraordinary story brought to life on stage in the Pulitzer Prize-winning play based on Anne’s writings.

The Diary of Anne Frank will be performed by WAAPA’s 3rd Year Acting students under the direction of visiting guest director Dr Peggy Shannon in the Roundhouse Theatre from Friday, 5 May to Thursday, 11 May. A post-show discussion with the cast will be held on Tuesday, 9 May, providing an opportunity for audience members to ask questions about the production.

Dr Peggy Shannon is Chair of the School of Performance at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada and her visit to WAAPA has been facilitated by the generosity of the Minderoo Foundation, WAAPA’s main supporting sponsor of its Visiting Artists Program. Over the past twenty years, Peggy Shannon has served as a professor and administrator at the University of Southern California, the University of Washington, and the University of California.

Dr Shannon brings a wealth of directorial experience to WAAPA, having directed plays and musicals for professional theatres across America, and served as Artistic Director at Seattle’s A Contemporary Theatre and Northern California’s Sacramento Theatre Company. She has also worked at the Old Vic National Youth Theatre in London and at Hydrama Theatre in Greece.

WAAPA is honoured to have Peggy Shannon in Perth to direct this moving play that is both a powerful reminder of the horrors of war and an eloquent testament to the human spirit.

For all venue and performance details, please visit The Diary of Anne Frank performance web page.


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