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Irena's Vow

NCEM, York
Tuesday 18 February 7:30pm

Adults £10 | Concessions £8

Please note that online booking for this event has now closed. Tickets will be available on the door from 30 minutes before the performance.

Irena's Vow by Dan Gordon
This play is a remarkable true story of courage in the face of overwhelming adversity. Taken from conversations with Irene Opdyke, the playwright creates a suspenseful, affecting narrative that combines Polish, Jewish and German observations with Irena's wit and irony.
Irena Gut spent her young adult years enduring the hardships that came with the German occupation of Poland, witnessing first-hand the gruesome treatment of Jews, Gypsies and dissidents of all nationalities. Still in her teens and at great risk to her own life, Irena began a rescue campaign, initially smuggling people and food into the woods.
However, Irena's Aryan looks led Major Rugemer to offer her the post of housekeeper in his villa. It was here, while waiting on her employer and other officers that she learned the true fate of her friends in the Ghetto and realised she had no choice but to rescue them...
Remaining silent for many years, Irene finally spoke out when confronted by a Holocaust denier and an amazing story emerged. In 1982 Irene was recognised by Yad Vashem as one of the 'Righteous Among Nations', an honour given to a non- Jewish person for immense acts of bravery.
This is the first performance of Irena's Vow outside America and Theatre Imp are delighted and honoured to be joined every night by Jeannie Opdyke Smith (Irene's daughter) who is travelling from the United States specifically to accompany the company.
This promises to be an evening of quality, thought-provoking drama.



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