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Ustinov Studio

Farm Hall

  • 21 September
Farm Hall

Event Information

Free Admission

7.30pm

Performed on Sat 21 Sep

Rehearsed reading of the world premiere of a new play by Katherine Moar, based on a remarkable true story.

Summer 1945. Hitler is dead. Germany is defeated. The war in the Pacific rages on.

In England, six of Germany’s foremost military scientists have been captured by Allied forces and stowed safely in Farm Hall, a stately home nestled in a quiet corner of the Cambridgeshire countryside. Removed from the chaos of war, they while away the hours playing chess, restoring a broken piano, and rehearsing a production of Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit.

But the world and the war cannot be shut out forever. The scientists’ tranquil summer is shattered by a shocking revelation, that the unthinkable has occurred, that the Americans have succeeded where they have failed…

During their seven-month detainment, unbeknownst to its occupants, almost every inch of Farm Hall was bugged. The scientists’ recorded conversations were translated, transcribed and, finally, in 1992, declassified and published as The Farm Hall Transcripts. This play is inspired by those transcripts and by true events that occurred at Farm Hall between July 1945 and January 1946.

Tonight’s performance is a script-in-hand rehearsed reading presented by Theatre Royal Bath’s Creative Learning programme.

Katherine Moar studied at Edinburgh University where she received a first class degree in History. She will shortly begin an MPhil in the History and Philosophy of Science at Darwin College, Cambridge University. FARM HALL is her first play

Admission Free

Saturday 7.30pm

Katherine Moar studied at Edinburgh University where she received a first class degree in History, and the Arabella Kirkpatrick Prize for her dissertation on Edith Summerskill and Charlotte Auerbach, two little known 20th century biologists. She will shortly begin an MPhil in the History and Philosophy of Science at Darwin College, Cambridge University, supported by a bursary from the British Society for the History of Science. FARM HALL is her first play

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