Hitler’s Daughter

Based on the book by Jackie French
Adapted for the stage by Eva Di Cesare, Sandra Eldridge & Tim McGarry

The play begins early morning somewhere in the Australian countryside. Four children wait for the school bus and they decide to play a game; a simple game of story-telling. As they shelter in the bus stop from a raging storm Anna creates an intriguing story and simultaneously on stage we begin to hear the bombing of Berlin and we see Heidi crawl from a bunker. With a large birthmark across her face, we discover that Heidi is the disfigured daughter of Hitler. Caught in the turmoil of war, she is hidden away by her father, one of the most dreaded men in history.

Back at the bus shelter Mark becomes so engrossed in Anna’s story; he begins to wonder how it would feel to be the child of someone as evil as Hitler. As the play evolves, Mark’s search for truth in a world of half-truths becomes clearer and the story culminates in the bombing of Berlin, the fall of the Third Reich and the end of Heidi’s innocence.

Hitler’s Daughter poses powerful questions and examines moral issues in relation to society’s fears and prejudices in a fresh, compelling light.

Read more about the cast.

Download the Director’s Note.

Presented by HOTA, Home of the Arts and Monkey Baa

Post-Show Talk and Q&A presented by Storyfest

Join us for a very special 30 minute talk followed by a 10 minute Q&A with Jackie French, author of Hitler’s Daughter after the 11am performance on Fri 13 Sept.

Jackie French is an award-winning Australian author who has written over 140 books and won more than 60 national and international awards. She’s one of Australia’s most popular authors and Hitler’s Daughter is one of her most critically acclaimed books. It won the UK Wow! Award, a Semi Grand Prix Japan Award and is listed as a blue-ribbon book in the USA.

Adapted for the stage by Monkey Baa Theatre Company, the play has toured Australia and the United States and has received many awards including a Robert Helpmann Award, the Drover Award and a Drover Special Panel Award.

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Eats & Drinks before the show?

We highly recommend booking at our Café and our foyer bar is open 60 mins prior to performances.

Looking to make a school booking?

Visit our How Do I Book? page for all information on how to book your school group visit to HOTA.

Teacher Resource

This resource has been designed for use with students in Years 5-8, and covers the subjects of Drama, English and History.

Because the show is touring nationally, links to the Australian Curriculum for each subject and year level have been included at the back of the resource. On the pages of each of the activities, you will find icons that connect to the relevant General Capabilities and Cross Curriculum Priorities of the Australian Curriculum.

Teacher Resource Video

Additional Opportunity – Free Secondary Student (Grade 5-8) Workshop

Do you have a class booked in to see Hitler’s Daughter? If so, there’s a fantastic opportunity for students to participate in a free workshop at school with the Hitler’s Daughter teaching artists.

Designed to prepare students for the production, this practical, 60-minute workshop guides students through the plot, key characters, themes, scene work, design, and insights into the production itself.

Numbers are limited to 30 students. There will be two workshops held on the 13th and 14th of August 2019.

Interested? Email: education@hota.com.au to find out more.

School bookings welcome (via the button above) – suitable for Grade 5-8

Please note new T&C’s on the Performance Booking Form for Schools.

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