Just had a fantastic three weeks working in Derby and Leicester, on research and development of a script by writer Marilyn Ricci. A period piece, based on a true story of a Jewish man who adopted a false identity during the second world war, working closely with the Nazis while plotting behind their backs with the Belgian resistance.
Alfred’s War: Brief SynopsisTen days before the Allied liberation of Brussels in 1944, Alfred Adler, a German Jew, is passing as an Afrikaans businessman trading with the Nazis. He hasn’t managed, however, to get ‘soi– disant’ (so-called) removed from his papers. Despite this, he’s hiding another Jew and anti-semitic Belgian Nationalists on the third floor of his house, renting the second floor to disillusioned Gestapo people whilst running guns and information to the Belgian Resistance. Denounced as a collaborator when the Brits arrive he’s jailed but still can’t reveal his true identity – all Germans, including Jews, are being rounded up because Jewish collaboration was not unknown. He narrowly escapes the death penalty.Based on a true story, this play is entirely relevant today as it confronts the deadly and complex consequences of economic meltdown, war, forced migration and so-called ‘outsider’ groups.About Marilyn:MARILYN RICCI: Her short play Sixteen about Somali refugees was given a rehearsed reading at the Royal & Derngate (2009) and selected for a reading at The Old Queen’s Head, Islington in 2010. Her first full length play, also set around the civil war in Somalia (The Road From Baardheere), had a reading as part of the TWP Momentum Festival at Curve, Leicester in 2010 and at the Guildhall Theatre, Derby in September 2011. She has worked with local theatre company, Off The Fence, and was one of the two writers on Kali Theatre’s Shared Memories project in 2012. She won the New Perspectives Dream Up competition in 2013.