MONKEY Baa Theatre's acclaimed stage adaptation of beloved Jackie French book Hitler's Daughter returns to Bathurst this week for three performances.
The play, suitable for ages 10 and above, has been remounted to reach a new generation of Australian school children and lovers of theatre.
Adapted for the stage by Eva D Cesare, Sandra Eldridge and Tim McGarry, Bathurst is just one stop on a national tour that also includes school workshops across the country.
A new cast of young Australian performers, directed by Eldridge, will be delivering the Helpmann award-winning play with renewed relevance in today's social and cultural landscape.
Hitler's Daughter poses questions and examines moral issues in relation to society's fears and prejudices, requiring its audiences to question the reality of truth, and notions of personal responsibility ... Can we, by embracing the past, learn and enhance our future?
The play begins on an early morning somewhere in regional Australia, in a setting familiar to most Bathurst kids, a country bus shelter.
While waiting for the bus four school children decide to play a game - a simple game of storytelling.
As they hide from the raging storm beyond the shelter one of them begins an intriguing story about Heidi, the disfigured daughter of Adolf Hitler.
As her parallel world unfolds onstage, her friends become engrossed in the story, and begin to ask questions of his friends, teachers and parents; how do we know we are doing the right thing?
In an age of fake news and fact manipulation, extreme ideologies and rising nationalism, there has never been a more important and relevant time to present this work.
Founded in 1997, Monkey Baais Australia's widest reaching touring company for young people, having conducted over 28 national tours to 138 regional and remote communities across every state and territory of Australia, 4 international tours and over 3,200 performances, engaging with over 1.4 million young people.