It’s 1938 and Liesl has fled Nazi Germany.
With her sideboard, suitcase and sewing machine, she embarks on becoming an 'ortinerry Inklisch hausvyfe' in North London. A heartfelt and hilarious new one-woman-play adapted from Sophie Herxheimer's Sunday Times Poetry Book of the Year, Velkom to Inklandt. Star of stage and screen, Sarah Malin inhabits and performs this resonant tale of exile and home.
Sophie Herxheimer is an artist and poet. She’s held residencies for The Museum of Liverpool and Transport for London among others. Her work has been shown at her local allotments, Tate Modern and on a giant mural along the sea-front at Margate. She made a 300 metre tablecloth for the Thames Festival, a life size concrete poem in the shape of Mrs Beeton to stand next to her grave, and a pie on the lawn of an old people’s home big enough for seven drama students to jump out of, singing.
Her collection Velkom to Inklandt (Short Books, 2017) was an Observer book of the month, and a Sunday Times book of the year. Her book 60 Lovers to Make and Do, (Henningham Family Press, 2019) was a TLS book of the year. Her latest collection is a deck of 78 prophetic cards called INDEX (zimZalla, 2021) “She writes extraordinary poetry.” Carmen Callil, Broadcasting House, Radio 4.
Sarah Malin has been an actress for nearly 30 years.
Her theatre work includes: Anatomy of a Suicide at the Royal Court Theatre; The Penelopiad, Macbeth, Macbett at the RSC; Iphigenia at Aulis at the National Theatre; The Cherry Orchard and Measure for Measure at the Young Vic, Say it With Flowers at Hampstead Theatre; Blue Sky at Hampstead for Pentabus; Here Lies Mary Spindler for the RSC at Latitude; Marianne Dreams at the Almeida; Pericles at Lyric Hammersmith; The Cherry Orchard for English Touring Theatre; The Norman Conquests at Theatr Clwyd); Grimm Tales at Scarborough, Madness in Valencia and Hecuba for The Gate Theatre and Buckets for the Orange Tree Theatre.
Television work includes: Sex Education, The Bodyguard, Dark Heart, What Remains, EastEnders, The Children, Wire in the Blood, Silent Witness, Guardian, Emmerdale, 2 seasons of The Knock and Every Silver Lining
Film includes: Heretiks, Doctor Strange, and TMI. Sarah wrote, and starred in School Gates, a series of humorous shorts about competitive parenting.
Sarah has taught in drama schools as well as directing productions of Chekhov, Shakespeare, Jacobean theatre and modern plays at Lamda, GSA and Rose Bruford. She trained as a Dramatherapist in 2019 at RCSSD.
Lucy Richardson is a director, dramaturg and educator. Her work focuses on giving a platform to those under-represented in the theatre and in society.
Directorial credits include: The Woman Who Cooked Her Husband by Debbie Isitt in the West End, The Quick by Stephanie Jacob at the Tristan Bates Theatre and Heart Speak by Zawe Ashton for Clean Break. The Strongbox by Stephanie Jacob won the Origins Award for Outstanding New Work at Vault 2018. Mid Life opened at Bristol Old Vic and High Tide before selling out at the Barbican in 2020 and being nominated for an OFFIE. During lockdown Lucy directed Mid Life: The Skin We’re In – a short film following the lives of 3 midlife women.
As Associate Director of Project Phakama she has made large-scale participatory performance in South Africa, Argentina, India, Lesotho and UK. Her book Phakama: Making Participatory Performance is published by Bloomsbury Methuen.
Lucy has directed over 30 productions in drama schools and was Artistic Director of Lewisham Youth Theatre for 10 years. She is Co-Artistic Director, with Stephanie Jacob, of Cockahoop Theatre.