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Anne Rabe


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Sunflower House

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Tristan Bates Theatre, 1a Tower Street, London WC2H 9NP >>>




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Original Playwright - Anne Rabe


The subject matter of East German playwright Anne Rabe's Sunflower House is potentially revelatory, challenging received wisdom about the fall of the Berlin Wall and the state of post-unification Germany to which the majority of Britons subscribe. The play concerns a middle-class family living in an East German Plattenbausiedlung, or prefabricated high-rise estate, next door to the Sunflower House, which in 1992 was the site of a riot. Micha, the son (Sam Fordham), is filming a documentary about the estate - and specifically his immediate family, mother Jutta (Jayne Denny) and pregnant sister Klara (Jessica Sedler) - as his audition for film school. Though Micha has a very specific vision for his film ("Nazi City - a film about my family"), he's unable to stop the story of the Sunflower House riot, as well as revelations about his Stasi informant father, from bleeding through in his subjects' testimony. The metaphor is no less potent for being obvious: Micha repeatedly demands realism and truth, but censors his subjects when their truth diverges from his vision.
- Matt Boothman, British Theatre Guide

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