A Time to Speak is a remarkable story of endurance during the Holocaust. Helen Lewis, a dancer in Prague at the beginning of World War II, was interned in the Terezin ghetto, then deported to Auschwitz, and finally to Stutthof Labor Camp on the edge of the Baltic Sea. After the war, she settled in Belfast and became active with the Lyric Theatre. Later she formed the Belfast Modern Dance Group, the first modern dance company in Ireland.
Her struggle to survive amidst the carnage of Hitler's Final Solution is told with wit and a controlled anger, which never displays itself in rancor or censure. Helen died a short time ago and so this presentation acts as a fitting tribute to an extraordinary survivor.
Joan McCready, who made such a deep impression with Urbana patrons when she played Lady Gregory in Coole Lady, brings her deep sensitivity and powerful emotional range to this extraordinary testimony.
A Time to Speak has been adapted and directed by Northern Ireland native, Sam McCready, internationally respected actor, director, and writer.
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