The Mozart Question by Michael Morpurgo is a family show about survival of the Holocaust. This outreach project will premiere at Camden Fringe Festival 2019 alongside a robust educational and engagement project which will see writing and performing workshops delivered in schools, youth centres & Jewish community centres in London exploring the themes of tolerance and acceptance in our modern city.
The one-act play is the story of Paolo Levi, who is a famous violinist who has never performed Mozart. His mother & father were professional musicians, kept alive in order to play in the Auschwitz concentration camp orchestra for the camp officers. They were forced to play the work of Austro-German composers especially: mostly Mozart. Paolo's father agrees to let him learn the violin, as long as he does not play Mozart until after his death.
This production - premiering at Camden Fringe 2019 for 6 performances - is performed by one actor-musician. The entire play is set in an unchanging, simple set of the dressing room at a concert hall. This makes it ideal for touring schools, small venues and non-theatrical spaces. We intend use projections of new illustrations drawn by artist Hannah Snaith. This means that the play will combine musical, visual and dramatic elements making an intimate and informative piece of drama for children and young people.
The production will also tour schools and youth centres which do not normally engage with theatre or music. We are keen to reach those from diverse economic and cultural backgrounds. The play deals with subject matters that are still relevant today - intolerance and injustice. We are keen to educate and discuss this with younger audiences - especially in hard-to-reach areas across London such as Haringay, Barnet and parts of South London.