Holocaust in spotlight at Peterlee school

Actress Jane Arnfield pictured before a performance of the Tin Ring with fellow actors teaching staff and pupils at St Bedes comprehensive school, Peterlee.
Actress Jane Arnfield pictured before a performance of the Tin Ring with fellow actors teaching staff and pupils at St Bedes comprehensive school, Peterlee.
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STUDENTS have been working with an actress on a project that is helping them to become more active citizens by learning about the Holocaust.

And members of the community are being invited to see for themselves a performance of Tin Ring, an acclaimed piece about a love story set during the Second World War, told through the eyes of a Holocaust survivor.

A performance will take place at St Bede’s Catholic Comprehensive School, in Peterlee, from 6pm on Wednesday, July 17. Tickets can be obtained by calling (0191) 5876220.

Year 9 students from the school and sixth formers from Byron Sixth Form have been trained to work with Year 7 pupils on a Suitcase Of Survival project linked to the production this week, which coincides with Refugee Week.

The Tin Ring is devised by Czechoslovakia-born Zdenka Fantlova, one of a handful of Holocaust survivors still alive today.

The community performance will be the last one before it heads to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

The show has been brought to the school in conjunction with a Stanley-based arts organisation.

Tony Harrington, from The Forge, said: “We are really pleased to be delivering Suitcase of Survival in East Durham.

“I feel this type of programme that supports young people to become more active citizens is really important.”