Voices of the Holocaust

The only theatre in education company of its kind in Europe. It has the support and endorsement of the European Jewish Congress as well as Holocaust educators and academics around the world.

Voices was founded with the objective to ensure that the voices of survivors and victims of the Holocaust would not be lost in the post survivor era, and that, if the stories were told in the right way, theatre can be the surrogate human voice to continue telling stories that needed to be told.

We work in schools and communities, perform in school halls and theatres, village halls and on world platforms, at academic conferences  and small community events. We advise schools on their Holocaust education programmes, have run professional development sessions with Facing History International and have advised the Holocaust Educational Trust on their Drama resource pack.

 

Welcome to Voices

Voices of the Holocaust was founded with the objective to ensure that the voices of survivors and victims of the Holocaust would not be lost in the post survivor era, and that, if the stories were told in the right way, theatre can be the surrogate human voice to continue telling stories that needed to be told.

We work in schools and communities, perform in school halls and theatres, village halls and on world platforms, at academic conferences  and small community events. We advise schools on their Holocaust education programmes, have run professional development sessions with Facing History International and have advised the Holocaust Educational Trust on their Drama resource pack.

Voices of the Holocaust is the only theatre company of its kind in Europe. It has the support and endorsement of the European Jewish Congress as well as Holocaust educators and academics around the world.

Voices has performed at the European Parliament as part of their International Holocaust Remembrance Day event, attended 10 Downing Street to discuss their work with the government’s Holocaust Commission and received a standing ovation at an internationally screened USA Jewish Theatre Foundation event. Most recently, Voices and its artistic director Cate Hollis have been nominated for the Simon Wiesenthal Prize for civic engagement for their work in the field of Holocaust education.

 

Our Story 

 

Our Mission 

Cate Hollis, founder,  was previously a Head of Drama and advisor for over 15 years before founding Voices of the Holocaust. She has a deep grounding in theatre and drama education as well as Holocaust, genocide and human rights history. She brings to each project a pedagogical foundation in subject areas from history, psychology to drama.

Our principles of equality and diversity are embedded into all our practices in theatrical performance, workshops and the professional development work that we undertake at schools, theatres and community venues around the UK and beyond.

We work with skilled and experienced practitioners including, actors, directors, educators, vocal coaches, synagogues, survivors, national and international Holocaust education organisations, universities, poets and playwrights as well as a traditional Jewish Drut’syla – a 3rd generation Auschwitz survivor who works internationally in storytelling and cultural history. In these few short years, Voices has made incredible connections across the world and are respected not only for the calibre of our productions but of our ethical and philosophical approach to some of the most complicated periods and stories in human history.

Founded with the objective to ensure that the voices of survivors and victims of the Holocaust would not be lost in the post survivor era and that, if the stories were told in the right way, that theatre could be the surrogate human voice to continue telling stories that needed to be told. We work in schools and communities, perform in school halls and theatres, village halls and on world platforms, at academic conferences and small community events. We advise schools on their Holocaust education programmes, have run professional development sessions with Facing History International and have advised the Holocaust Educational Trust on their Drama resource pack.

Voices has performed at the European Parliament as part of their International Holocaust Remembrance Day event, attended 10 Downing Street to discuss their work with the government’s Holocaust Commission and received a standing ovation at an internationally screened USA Jewish Theatre Foundation event.  We have enormous international support and endorsement, from Professors at Wisconsin and Toronto Universities, to the President of the International Holocaust Theatre Archive. These links and endorsements grow every year as our voices are heard ever further and wider.

 

Our Approach

Hearing

the difficult truths of one of the most challenging periods in human history and to consider the challenging realities of human behaviour and fallibility.

Considering

the complex conditions that led the Western world to the Holocaust and of what was, consequently lost; the voices of the past.

Reflecting

not only on what was lost, but of what was never had; to build an awareness of the changed landscape of European and British society as well as ensuring that Jewish culture and heritage are present in our contemporary world.

Understanding

from as well as about the Holocaust; to encourage consideration of other silenced voices and to empower young people and communities to use their own voices to engage in human rights issues, placing themselves actively and ethically in their societies and the wider global landscape.

Acts of Kindness

Define with us a project to help your students as a way of creating a positive commitment as they face troubling realities in our contemporary society.

Workshops

Book specialist workshops or teaching sessions in Drama or Holocaust history to further deepen knowledge and understanding. 

Resource Pack for Teachers

Available for teachers of History, RE, SMSC / PSHE and Drama to further teach through the play as well as ideas and stimuli for cross-curricular projects.

 

Apprentice Programme 

Our apprenticeship scheme allows young and aspiring 18 – 24 year olds to develop their skills as actors, educators, designers, technicians, writers and musicians. Our apprentice cast productions perform in venues alongside our experienced professionals.

Our apprentice members have gone on to work in professional theatre, music and dance, into teaching and education – indeed one of our original apprentices, having completed her university degree, now works for the education department at the Houses of Parliament.

Get Involved

In addition to financial contributions, our projects are always in need of people willing to contribute their time and skills. These combined efforts allow us to bring our work to schools at an affordable rate.

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+44 (0) 79 81 43 73 59

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