The anniversary of the outbreak of World War Two is dramatically remembered in Howard Colyer’s1938 – Hitler Takes Vienna, opening at the Brockley Jack Studio Theatre this September.
Colyer, the theatre’s writer in residence, has adapted Joseph Roth’s The Emperor’s Tomb for a new play exploring a defining moment in European history.
Late in the evening on March 11, 1938, a man sits in a Jewish bar in Vienna as the German army invades Austria. The other guests flee – as does the owner – but he remains to contemplate his past and his future: bleak though that may be.
After five years of ranting Hitler has crossed over. He’s returned to his native land. Hitler the Austrian – the German leader – is marching home with a grey, grim army. Is this the start of a new war?
1938 is a dramatic monologue, directed by Kate Bannister, artistic director of the Jack, and performed by David Bromley.
Howard Colyer is the resident playwright at the Jack Studio. His recent plays include: Without Reluctance and Without Relief (2015), Boris Godunov (2015) and Diary of a Madman (2014).
This is the fifth play by Howard Colyer that David Bromley has been involved with.
His other theatre work includes The Mousetrap (St Martin’s Theatre), Time And The Conways (Old Vic and Royal Alexandra, Toronto), Dangerous Obsession (Leeds Grand, and Ashcroft Theatre), and Don’t Dress For Dinner (Wimbledon Theatre, and Devonshire Park Theatre).
Ballast Theatre is staging the monologue from September 1-5 at the south London venue.