By Henry Naylor
Livestream reading May 26th 2020
As it became impossible during spring 2020 to gather large groups of people in the same room, we dove into the wonders of live streaming and offered an online reading of Henry Naylor's play GAMES - and were very happy to see it seemed to be a much appreciated experience from the online audience!
In GAMES, Henry Naylor’s reality based play, we meet two German athletes: Fencer Helene Mayer and high-jumper Gretel Bergmann. Both in top shape, aiming for a gold medal in the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin. And had their athletic skills been all that mattered, they’d have a good chance at winning. However, much more than that will come into play here. Anti-Semitism and right-wing populism are surging, Hitler is on his way up. Will these two Jewish athletes still be allowed to take part? And if so, should they? Or should they rather support the fight for boycotting the world’s biggest sporting event?
Games world premiered in 2018, it has won several awards and has been performed in e.g. London, New York and Adelaide with great reviews. Playwright Henry Naylor is also a a prominent writer of satirical scripts for TV shows and series and has been named ”one of our best new playwrights” by The Times.