LiverpooI heard just before christmas that their was a trip going to Liverpool to see the boy in the striped pyjamas . I think most people have either read the book or seen the film so yes knew exactly what happened at the end !!
The reason we were going was that i do volunteer work for the reader org and we occassionly have a jaunt / trip ou not sure wether this play goes nder that thought !!
I knew a few people that said they did not want to see the play as to horrific but i agreed to go as think drama or literture are a good way to make sure that people and their stories live on
My main worry was not the story or the content but the fact that the people around me may be loud u prob would sit their totally oblivious to every crunch of sweets chat but not me so that WAS my main worry and so was relieved to be siting by people i vaguely knew i never mentioned the reason for my dislike of noise but made it clear i would goxxxxxxxxx .kg.g.gk.hvv (get the picture)
I WAS QUITE relaxed til realised the theatre was filling up with school kids AHHHH NOOO BUT dont judge louby the kids who were siting by me were fineb is and actually got into conversation with them asking “if read the book etc” I watched the film of this a few years back and must admit it played a round with my head and today can see it vividly but don’t think anything shocks so much the 2nd time as the first time u see her anything !!
The story of two boys who made friends over a barbed wire and seen through a child eye were they are still vaguely innocent of the wickedness of man although the questions that Bruno asked were extremely truthful such as Hitler is our leader but why is life so bad !!
It struck me throughout how little props were needed in this production but they were so effective the movement of going from one side of the fence to the other and how everyone worked as a team
Both boys were perfect;y cast Bruno by Jabez cheeseman and Colby Mulgrew as shmuel perfectly showing the energy of one little boy and the tiredness of the other both exactly the same birthday but such different lives just because of fate !!
At certain times during th play film were shown in the background which were very effective not taking place of the stage action but making u aware of the growing threat
Love is blind so they say and this was shown through Bruno s older sister who was besotted with her boyfriend and could see no wrong in the regime of the third reich as said love is blind !!!
Through the friendship both boys flourish and you almost forget what is goingon in the background but it is always their !! lurking ready to bite like that fateful day when they go to look for Shmuel;s dad with awful consequences which think always stay in my mind !!
It always amazes me does not matter how powerful the play is go for a cup of coffee and it is soon forgotten but is it !!!!!
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