ROSENBAUM'S RESCUE at London's Park Theatre
October 1943, 7500 Jews fled from Denmark in fishermen's boats,
crossing the Oresound waterway to Sweden and to safety from the Nazi
occupation. To some this was a miracle rescue, to others the question remains:
how did thousands of Jews slip through the grasp of the most powerful war
machine ever assembled? Historians and researchers have debated facts or
'plausible impossibility' over the years in their quest to uncover the reality.


Playwright A Bodin Saphir said ''Rosenbaum's Rescue' is inspired by my grandparents'
story of escape from Nazi occupied Denmark. Although he rarely talked about it,
my grandfather was witness to a moment in history that contemporary historians
now believe to be an important piece in the puzzle to understand why the
'rescue' of the Danish Jews was so successful and who was responsible for
its success.'


Move forward to Chanukah 2001 (festival of lights) in the remote home of
Abraham and Sara on the snowy Danish coast. This is a time of political
tensions, where the far right Dansk Folkeparti has raised its ugly head in
Danish politics and there is a threat of the shift to the right in global
politics. Historian Lars, who is researching information for his book, and
Abraham, whose own family members were rescued by Lars's father from the tyranny, have not seen eye to eye for decades. Lars pursues relentlessly the
truth concerning the flight of the Danish Jews during World War II and the death of his own father, which
challenges Abraham's faith, patience and memories maintaining that those who
helped the exodus were heroes, despite any facts that may emerge.


Against this, old secrets surface, accusations fly and the very foundation of
their relationship is challenged. Fact blurs with fiction and the
shattered remains must be dealt with. Performances are convincing
with strength, energy and commitment by the cast of four: David Bamber
(Abraham), Neil McCaul (Lars), Julia Swift (Sara) and Dorothy Myer-Bennett
(Eva), each entirely credible in both thought and action.


Despite the seriousness of the core theme, and the many additional
strands, there are welcome points of levity, particularly in the familiar
asides of married couple,Sara and Abraham which offer a much needed relief
and allow the audience to settle  before the next highly charged
issue rears its head.

Directed by Kate Fahy and written by A Bodin Saphir, this is
an interesting play which will leave you in quiet contemplation and without closure. As
Bodin Saphir concluded in his interview, 'And so I leave it to you to decide
which questions you want to ask'.


Running time is 2 hrs 15 minutes with a short interval.


Photography Mark Douet
Photograph features David Bamber as Abraham (Abe) and Neil McCaul as Lars

ROSENBAUM’S RESCUE

World premier at:

Venue: Park 200, Park Theatre, Clifton Terrace, Finsbury Park, N4 3JP

Dates: Wed 9 Jan - Sat 9 Feb 2019

Age guidance 14+

Performances: Evenings Mon-Sat 7.30 pm, matinees Thurs & Sat 3 pm
Captioned: Wed 6 Feb 7.30pm 
Prices: Previews £18.50, Standard £18.50 - £32.50, Concessions
£16.50 - £23.50, Child (Under 16) £15 - £20*
Booking: www.parktheatre.co.uk /
020 7870 6876 *10% telephone booking fee, capped at £2.50 per ticket.