A new play by Tadeusz Slobodzianek, in a version by Ryan Craig directed by Bijan Sheibani.
The production will be designed by Bunny Christie, with lighting by Jon Clark, choreography by Aline David and sound by Ian Dickinson. The cast includes Tamzin Griffin, Amanda Hale, Edward Hogg, Sinead Matthews and Jason Watkins.
A group of schoolchildren, Jewish and Catholic, declare their ambitions: one to be a fireman, one a film star, one a pilot, another a doctor. They are learning the ABC. This is Poland, 1925. As the children grow up, their country is torn apart by invading armies, first Soviet and then Nazi. Internal grievances deepen as fervent nationalism develops; friends betray each other; violence escalates: until these ordinary people carry out an extraordinary and monstrous act that darkly resonates to this day.