Hitler Takes Vienna
by Howard Colyer
Directed by Kate Bannister. Performed by David Bromley.
Late in the evening on 11 March, 1938, a man sits in a Jewish bar in Vienna as the German army invades Austria. The other guests flee – as does the owner – but he remains to contemplate his past and his future: bleak though that may be.
Press for this production
Colyer has continued to do what he does so skilfully—to take a noteworthy piece of writing and adapt it freely to create something new which has the essence of the original but is a compelling stage work in its own right. The talented Mr Bromley is wonderful as Trotta. His assured delivery is a joy to watch and he and Bannister provide a tension to the piece that makes it quite spellbinding. Philip Matejtschuk’s (sound designer) snippets of music underline a point or evoke a period or atmosphere beautifully. The image of Trotta creating a pathetic barricade of chairs against the Nazi soldiers to the Viennese signature tune “The Blue Danube” will stay with me for a long time. British Theatre Guide
A compelling and mesmerizing show that kept me gripped throughout. LondonTheatre1
Bannister’s direction is as playful as Trotta is as a character, but always managing to be tender among the many mood swings of 1938: Hitler Takes Vienna. The result is a direction that has energy and fun but without betraying its more somber moments and increasingly capricious scenario… Unexpected and dreamy, 1938: Hitler Takes Vienna is a sweeping but still sinister lilt of history through the eyes of a most captivating of character and performance. Grumpy Gay Critic
Watching David Bromley’s nuanced performance is an emotional rollercoaster as we laugh about a witty occurence and suddenly find ourselves back in the presence of Nazi troops banging on the door. This is an exciting and engrossing work. UK Theatre Network