1979, on a beach in Brazil, a drowning man faces his past.
"We cannot ignore this tale. It is a legacy we ought to be sharing with our children... Such is the power of good theatre done well."
Josef Mengele, the notorious doctor of Auschwitz, takes his routine morning swim but out in deep water has a seizure and is washed ashore. Here he is confronted by a local woman who he assumes has saved him. Flattered, entranced and provoked by this enigmatic presence, he seeks to justify his life... only succeeding in damning himself.
Presented in cinematic style, this production is atmospheric, evocative and poignant in its contemporary reference exposing a sociopathic narcissist. A 5* acclaimed run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival resulted in 'Mengele' being selected as a ‘Fringe Encore Winner’ to play an off-Broadway season in New York.
As the rhetoric of current debates echoes the rhetoric of the past, the words of Auschwitz survivor Lydia Tischler are particularly appropriate; “the best way to remember is for it not to happen again… for the potential for destructiveness is in all of us”.
SELL-OUT SHOW, Adelaide Fringe 2018, Edinburgh Fringe 2018 and 2019
FRINGE ENCORE WINNER to NY, EdFringe18
LUSTRUM AWARD, EdFringe19
"Important, now as much as ever, and it is brilliant"
⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ Advertiser
"One of the most powerful and astonishing pieces of theatre I have ever seen..."
⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ Daily Business
"Uncompromising and brave"
⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ The Herald
"A masterclass in writing and acting"
⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ Edinburgh Living
"Gripping and important"
⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ One4Review
⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ Culturefix
Endorsed by THE AMUD AISH HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL MUSEUM, New York
What AUDIENCES say*:
This is one of the most memorable theatre pieces I’ve seen.
Such thought provoking content and talented performances, it’s a must see!
Many shows are thought provoking, however few leave such a legacy of thought behind. Brilliant. Well done.
I enjoyed this play, it's strong and full of emotion. It reminded me how easily we can justify our actions when they affect the others indirectly and by thinking that they are for the greater good.
This play speaks literally and metaphorically to so many contemporary issues worldwide that it left me speechless. Bravo!
A necessary, thought-provoking and literally hair-raising piece exploring the multi-facets of one of the key individual perpetrators of the Holocaust - with the aim of highlighting how racism can breed and making the audience feel empowered to combat it in today’s world.
This intense and thought provoking piece of theatre is a must see. Brutal in parts but necessary to convey the heinous crimes of a mad man working for a maniacal regime. It should stand as a reminder to us all never to let history repeat itself.
You should watch this excellent show to understand both the importance of studying the lessons of the past and the didactic power of well crafted theatre. The play is an outstanding two hander which deals with a troubling subject in a creative and intelligent way. A must see performance.
An important piece of work. Especially in these tumultuous times. Resonates for the present as much as the past. Brought me to tears. Heartbreaking and uncomfortable but sometimes we need that. A must see.
Compelling writing and powerful performances. This was hard to watch at times, but it's an important message.
Outstanding powerful piece of theatre. Must be seen. It would be great to see it go to London.
Extremely powerful performances. The attempts by Mengele to justify and explain his work are chilling to the core. The more frightening aspect is how many of them could in part form the speeches of so many politicians around the world today. Theatre like this is important.