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Sunday 26 October 2014

Players to present a positive tale of hope

Published 12/02/2014 | 05:28

James Williams, Guy Lynch, Con McGinley, Alex Hibbits and Paul Dunphy, who will star in ‘Anna: The Girl Who Stood Out in the Cold’ in The Droichead Arts Centre.

Local group Duleek Drama Players celebrate their 30 anniversary this year with the launch of a new play, Anna: The Girl Who Stood Out in Cold, by playwright/director Michael Ferguson.

Local group Duleek Drama Players celebrate their 30 anniversary this year with the launch of a new play, Anna: The Girl Who Stood Out in Cold, by playwright/director Michael Ferguson.

The play will hit the stage on March 5 for a four-night run at the Drogheda's Droichead Arts Centre.

Based in the infamous Auschwitz concentration camp the play tells the story of 12 year old Anna and her fellow inmates as they struggle to survive the brutality of their sadistic SS guards.

It was inspired by a visit to the notorious Nazi extermination camp in southern Poland.

'I came across a plaque in memory of a little girl who was sentenced to stand outside, in bare feet, on a winter's night when temperatures drop as low as minus 30 centigrade, for failing to meet her work quota,' said writer Michael Ferguson.

Duleek Players use innovative video techniques to recreate the atmosphere of terror and control instilled by the Nazi regime but despite this Anna manages to be a positive and uplifting experience.

'The play is based on hope, courage and all that is best in the human spirit. It is hope that eventually triumphs,' said Michael.

He and fellow cast member Betty Clinton joined the group when it was founded by local schoolteacher Josephine Byrne back in 1984.

The group's latest show stars Duleek stalwart Betty Clinton and Grainne Diskin as Anna, with Con McGinley playing the brutal camp commandant and Guy Lynch and Alex Hibbits as his SS guards.

The play, which is intended as a memorial to the six million people who perished in concentration camps, has already attracted national interest.

Playwright Michael, his wife Kay and members of the Duleek group were invited to attend Holocaust Memorial Day in Dublin on January 27.

'I know that when people see Anna they will be impressed and indeed moved,' said Michael.

Anna will be on stage at the Droichead Arts Centre from March 5 to 8 at 8 p.m., tickets €12, booking online or call 041 9875140/9833946.

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