Written & Directed by Stephen Lambert
Ashes to Ashes is an exploration of the human spirit.
Two men arrive at Birkenau from different parts of Europe. They are separated from their families upon arrival. Thrown together by a barbaric selection process, they are welcomed into the camp by a smiling guard who proceeds to strip, beat, shave and finally tattoo them. After they have been given inmate uniforms and assigned to a barrack we discover that one of them, Moshe, is Jewish and from Crete. The other, Hirsch, is also Jewish and from Berlin.
Moshe explains to Hirsch that the journey from Crete has taken fourteen days. He describes how he has watched his mother and baby niece die during the tortuous trip. From this moment on we follow them through beatings, work, starvation and humiliation. We watch as they form a friendship that cannot be broken, firstly by the brutality of the guards and ultimately by entrance to the gas chamber.
We see that even death cannot triumph over friendship and spirit.
“Badac Theatre Company’s wonderful directorial devices make this look at the inhumane hell of Birkenau extermination camp into an unforgettable experience that is totally brutal, genuinely harrowing and supremely powerful” THE STAGE