The Escape Act: Hiding from the Holocaust - The Story of a Family Saved by the Circus - CircusTalk

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The Escape Act: Hiding from the Holocaust – The Story of a Family Saved by the Circus

The Escape Act  is a clever culmination of seven years of in depth research into the life of Irene Danner-Storm, a Jewish acrobat who evaded capture by the Nazis during the Holocaust, thanks to the Althoff Circus. The creator and performer of this one woman show is Stav Meishar. A grandchild of Holocaust survivors herself, she tells Irene’s story using a mixture of theatre, puppetry and circus, drawing on her own history to help us see the wider context.
Stav Meishar as Irene, interacting with her elephant puppet. Photo credit: Gaia Putrino We are given insight into the tragic fragmentation that is left behind after generations of a family are stolen. Meishar tells us of her quest to know more about her own history, sending off ‘a glob of spit’ to find answers about her heritage. Given this and the fact that she is a circus performer herself, it is no surprise that Meishar wa...
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Ruby Burgess

Ruby is a circus artist who recently graduated from the BA course at Circomedia. She is interested in accessibility within circus and aims to use comedy to trick people into watching political work. She has been writing for The Circus Diaries at Edinburgh Fringe for the past two years, and has worked with companies such as Above and Beyond and Cirque Bijou.