Once Upon A Time in Nazi Occupied Tunisia

Once Upon A Time in Nazi Occupied Tunisia

A brutally comic new play by Josh Azouz about home and identity, marriage and survival, blood and feathers.

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15 September 2021  ·  Follow on Stagedoor
“Josh Azouz is a real and very distinctive talent. I loved The Mikvah Project and Buggy Baby, both of which premiered at the Yard. So, it’s good to see him making his Almeida debut, in a production by Eleanor Rhode, which is set in Nazi-occupied Tunisia in 1943. It is described as “a brutally comic play about home and identity, marriage and survival, blood and feathers.” An unlikely combination from a play that should live up to the hype.”

Overview

“On the way over I saw three vipers copulating…I know what you’re thinking…monogamy is under threat.”

1943. Four months into the Nazi occupation of Tunisia. You’re imprisoned in a labour camp. You’re buried up to your neck in the middle of the burning hot desert. You’re dying of thirst, you miss your wife and your best friend just pissed on your face.

How could things possibly get any worse?

Eleanor Rhode directs the world premiere of Once Upon A Time in Nazi Occupied Tunisia – a brutally comic new play by Josh Azouz about home and identity, marriage and survival, blood and feathers.

Josh Azouz’s plays include The Mikvah Project (Orange Theatre Theatre and Yard Theatre) and Buggy Baby (Yard Theatre). Eleanor Rhode has recently directed Rust (Bush Theatre/HighTide), King John (RSC) and Boudica (Shakespeare’s Globe).

Age Recommendation: 14+

Critic reviews

Adrian Edmondson gives a superb performance as an eccentric Nazi in Josh Azouz’s absurdist historical drama

Time Out

A profound, rich piece pregnant with a multitude of emotions and meanings

· A Younger Theatre

Adrian Edmondson steals the show

· The Stage

Adrian Edmondson is hypnotically odd in this risky black comedy

· The Telegraph

A comically dark and stirring, if at times slightly winding, glimpse into a not so well-known time

· London Theatre

Edmondson is without doubt the star of the evening

· WhatsOnStage

Flawed theatre but a great experiment

· The Arts Desk

Horror, humour and forgotten history

· The Guardian

A wartime love story with some laughs but little tension

· Everything Theatre

This meandering, clever-dick comedy about Nazism constantly undercuts horror with glib jokes

· Evening Standard

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Date & time

Show ended
Sat 21 Aug - Sat 18 Sep, 2.30pm & 7.30pm

Venue

Almeida Theatre Islington N1 1TA London, UK · Get Directions
Photo by Marc Brenner
Photo by Marc Brenner
Photo by Marc Brenner
Photo by Marc Brenner
Photo by Marc Brenner
Photo by Marc Brenner
Photo by Marc Brenner
Photo by Marc Brenner
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