This year is the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau. To commemorate the anniversary, sculptor Sir Anish Kapoor was commissioned to design a candle to be lit at seventy locations around the country on Holocaust Memorial Day (Tuesday 27th February). Long Road Sixth Form College was privileged to be one of those chosen to host and light a candle.
OPUS Theatre, the Long Road Performing Arts Level 3 theatre group, was asked to devise a performance based on the Holocaust Memorial Day theme for 2015: Keep the Memory Alive. The company started off by working with Lore Robinson, who was a Kindertransport child (she came to live in Cambridge and studied at the Cambridge Girls’ High School – now Long Road Sixth Form College). The piece, an ensemble using physical theatre techniques, was based primarily on her memories of life in Germany as a Jewish child. Collaboratively created by OPUS Theatre students, it was directed by Wendy Frost, course team leader.
The commemorations in Cambridge started with a special event at the Corn Exchange on Sunday 25th January. OPUS Theatre performed their work as part of a programme of musical and dramatic events. Lore Robinson was one of the special guests attending the event.
Two days later guests gathered in The Stage at Long Road Sixth Form College. The candle was lit by Mike Frankl, Chair of the Cambridge Beth Shalom Reform Synagogue, and OPUS Theatre performed their work again.
Wendy Frost, Performing Arts Level 3 course team leader, says: Holocaust Memorial Day is an important focal point in the year, when we reflect upon the horrors of the past and honour those who survived. Our Performing Arts theatre group, OPUS Theatre, is privileged to have been chosen to be part of the 70th anniversary commemorations.”
ITV Anglia News attended both the Corn Exchange event and the candle-lighting at Long Road Sixth Form College. They interviewed our students. To see the news report, go to:
Top: Opus Theatre performing their work
Centre: Mike Frankl with the candle
Bottom: OPUS Theatre members
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