Glossolalia Theatre Company present Through the Leaves of the Green Tree
Celebrating the 100th anniversary of Etty Hillesum’s birth a new play by Donna Worthington whose sell-out tour of Illumination was seen in Ormskirk Parish Church last summer.
Etty Hillesum, a remarkable Jewish woman, died in Auschwitz age 29. In recent years her diaries and writings have become a touchstone for many. Through the Leaves of the Green Tree dramatises Etty’s journey, explores her spiritual and intellectual quest, the inner landscape of her own troubled mind and her refusal to give in to a world dominated by oppression.
Etty Hillesum has become an insightful profound and inspirational voice through her diaries which were published on the 1980s. Determined to face the inner landscape of her own troubled mind, she also refused to escape an outer landscape dominated by Nazi oppression in occupied Holland.
Through The Leaves Of The Green Tree explores Etty’s journey … her remarkable seeking out of wholeness, through the help of the charismatic Jungian therapist Julius Spier … her heroic determination to seek a unique way through the darkness … her process of letting go of her chaotic mind … her experience and witness of life in Westerbrook detention camp from where she was later deported to meet her death in Auschwitz in 1943. Etty was only 29 years old when she died.
The play brings Etty’s diaries and experiences alive and explores deep human themes and raises questions such as:
Is it possible to heal one’s mind?
Do we run from, or face oppression and violence?
Can the journey into silence lead to the discovery of the deeper self?
The performance is followed by a post-production debate
This production is supported using public funding by Arts Council England
£10 full price / £8 concessions
£5 Edge Hill University students
£3 Edge Hill University fresher students (not available online. Please purchase from the Box Office)
£5 school parties of 10 or more