Salisbury Studio Theatre

Tickets: Salisbury Tourist Information Centre, Fish Row, Salisbury, Wiltshire SP1 1EJ Phone: 01722 342860

The Diary of Anne Frank – January 2008

Written by: Frances Goodrich & Albert Hackett
Directed by: Richard Clarke
Dates: Jan 22nd – 26th 2008 – Matinee performance on Saturday 26th, 2.30 pm

Anne receives a diary on her thirteenth birthday. She names it Kitty.

One day, Nazi police send a call-up notice for her father and for her sister Margot for their deportation to a concentration camp. They flee to their hiding place, the Secret Annexe.
Another family, the Van Daans with their son Peter, arrives. Anne particularly dislikes the frivolous Mrs. Van Daan. She also complains that the grown-ups criticize her. Anne tells Kitty that her Jewish friends are being taken away by the dozen. They are loaded into cattle trucks and sent to concentration camps.
Daddy gets sick, but they cannot call a doctor, since they are in hiding. Anne reads a book on puberty and longs to have her period. She does not like to say her prayers with Mummy, for she finds Mummy cold. She gets jealous of Margot sometimes.
They take in another person, Mr. Dussel. He is stubborn. Anne often feels guilty for being safe in hiding while her Jewish friends are probably suffering. Anne feels frustrated that she is criticized so often.
She still does not get along with Mrs. Van Daan, and still finds Mummy cold, refusing to pray with her, upsetting her greatly. Anne cannot sleep because of the air raids.
Anne feels lucky that they have food and shelter, that they are able to laugh at each other, and that they have books and a radio. There is an announcement that Italy has surrendered. This gives them hope for peace. Anne chronicles a day in the Annexe, describing many of the activities and personalities of the people in the Secret Annexe. Anne is so affected by the tension that at times she goes to bed crying. She longs for fresh air, and wishes that the darkness and cruelty of the war would subside so that they can find beauty and safety. She has a dream of one of her friends, and feels guilty. She hopes that she prays hard enough to save her friends and family.
She and Peter Van Daan develop a crush on each other. 
The grownups are critical of the relationship. Anne worries that she talks too much, but he likes her cheerfulness. She wants to help him overcome his loneliness.
She hears that they will be making a collection of diaries and letters after the war, and wants to publish her diary. She has faith that God will raise them out of suffering, and that one day, the world will learn from the Jews. She is often downcast, but never in despair.
Anne celebrates her fifteenth birthday. She wishes she could look at nature more often, and not through a dirty window. Many cities have fallen to the Allies, and the mood is optimistic.
She becomes disappointed in Peter. She does not want him to lean on her. She wonders how she has held onto her ideals in the face of all the cruelty of war. She still believes that people are really good at heart. She has a deeper, purer side that no one knows. She worries that people think she is superficial.
With this, her diary ends, for on August 4, 1944, the Secret Annexe was raided and they were taken away to German and Dutch concentration camps.

For decades this award-winning play, along with the diary on which it is based, has been viewed as an insightful portrait of courage, dignity, and perseverance.

There will be a Matinee performance on Saturday 26th,  2.30 pm which will be Studio’s contribution to the “Holocaust Memorial Day”.

 Cast List

 

 

 Mr Frank

 

 Alistair Faulkner

 Mrs Frank

 

 Jane Hamilton

 Anne Frank

 

 Emilia Bottari

 Margot Frank

 

 Kate Ryan

 Mr Van Daan

 

 David Taylor

 Mrs Van Daan

 

 Cath Angell

 Peter Van Daan

 

 Ethan Friskney-Adams

 Mr Dussel

 

 John Davies

 Meip

 

 Lindsay Messer

 Mr Kraler

 

 Peter Mitchell

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