Date: 25 Jan 2016
Venue: The Banqueting Hall, Belfast City Hall
The Suitcase by Jane Coyle is a production that will take place this month to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day 2016.
The storyline moves between modern day Belfast and 1930s Vienna. At its centre is the discovery of a suitcase in the house of the late Leo Edelmann, a Holocaust survivor from Berlin, who settled and raised a family in Belfast. By chance, Leo’s daughter and granddaughter uncover the battered case in which he had carried home his few meagre possessions after he was liberated from Terezin concentration camp. It is marked with an unfamiliar name and address – Galina Stein, Vienna.
Who is this woman? How did her suitcase find its way into their home? Why is Leo’s granddaughter also called Galina? This intriguing family drama invokes hope, resilience and questions of identity in allowing a dark, painful past to be brought into the light through little sparks of human kindness.
The outstanding professional cast comprises Megan Armitage, Rosie Barry, Mary Moulds and Seán O’Hare, the latter three of whom appeared in the original Spring Lane/Chatterbox co-production at the Ulster Bank Belfast International Arts Festival. The post-show discussion will be facilitated by the Institute for Conflict Research, which was the production associate for its world premiere.
This event is now fully booked.
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