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Scratch @ JW3 is your chance to experience exciting new theatre and performance in its early stages of development, including a chance to help these artists shape their work. And we’ll throw in a glass of wine too. In commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, watch extracts from new work by Clare Fraenkel, Luke Ofield, Pip O’Neill and Danielle Wager, who explore a range of stories about the Soviet Union, the Cold War and democratic reconstruction. Join us for a thrilling insight into three different performances at the very beginning of their journey…

Hope Against Hope by Luke Ofield and Pip O'Neill

In 1938, great Russian-Jewish poet Osip Mandelstam was arrested for the second time. He never reappeared. After arrest and exile in 1933 for the seditious Stalin Epigram [italics], Osip’s wife, Nadezdha, knew there would be no second reprieve. Committing his poetry to memory, Nadezdha fled into the night. For over twenty years, she preserved Osip’s work, while living the most extraordinary, endangered life.

Nadezdha gave just one clandestine interview to New York Times journalist Elizabeth de Mauny in 1977. From Elizabeth’s recordings and Nadezdha’s stunning autobiographies, Unmasked Theatre explore the life of a woman who defied a regime and kept poetry alive.

Hope Against Hope is a new play co-written and directed by Luke Ofield and Pip O’Neill.

Trust by Danielle Wager

Based on a real-life incident, Trust tells the story of Stanislav Petrov, a Soviet duty officer faced with the decision of whether or not to launch a retaliatory strike on the United States, in the face of what seems like an unprovoked nuclear attack. Is the US government launching missiles at the Soviet Union? Or is the Soviet satellite warning system malfunctioning?

Trust is a new play by Danielle Wager, looking at what it would feel like to be in Petrov’s position, knowing the potentially disastrous consequences of making the wrong decision.

Clare Fraenkel will present a story based on February 1933, Berlin. In a case of mistaken identity, Heinrich makes a lucky escape from Nazi Germany. But escape is not the end of his story. It's the beginning: for this Jewish German, it is day 1 of 4482 days of exile, and a desperate struggle to find his way home. February 2020, London. In the wake of the Brexit vote, Clare has applied for German citizenship. She is one of many seeking to cling to an EU passport. But it’s Heinrich's citizenship, and he gave it up. How would he feel about her taking it back?I Was A German is a new multimedia piece created by Clare Fraenkel. Interweaving two true stories - separated by more than 80 years, it examines "the emanation of world politics on [two] private live[s]"

(★★★★ 'Immersive theatre at its very best...stirring, involving and highly original' -Whatsonstage.com).

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