Adapted by Darren Ormandy
Adapted from ‘The Battle Of Hamburg’ by Martin Middlebrook.
Eye witness accounts of the RAF bombing of Hamburg, 1943.
The Big Belly, Smirnoff Underbelly, Edinburgh. August 13th – 27th 2006 at 8.45pm nightly.
With Matt Steer, Hester Evans, Rupert Mason, Gareth Abel, Darren Ormandy. Directed by Darren Ormandy.
Hamburg first disturbed and terrified audiences in the Terror Seasons 2004-2005. It was then transferred to play at The Smirnoff Underbelly in the 2006 Edinburgh Festival.
‘A visceral and exceptionally painful shock to the system … an overwhelming experience and one that will leave you shell-shocked.’
‘Ormandy’s play is driven by a fierce desire to look horror in the eye, and its dispassionate precision, something like a duty on the author’s part, makes it a numbing and devastating experience.’
‘Possessed epic power … The most powerful anti-war production.’
‘A play with a mighty punch that will leave viewers winded and should do so … Hamburg may only last half an hour but its message will remain with viewers for much, much longer.’
British Theatre Guide
‘A short sharp shock of a play, cut like a gem, proof that drama doesn’t have to be elaborate to be effective or highly technical to be what Hamburg is – momentarily terrifying.’
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