Playing for Time

Playing for Time by Arthur Miller, is a stage adaptation of a film, based on the memoir by Fania Fénelon: Musical maestra. Celebrity singer. Star of the Paris cabaret. Jew.

Arrested by the Nazis and transported east to Auschwitz, Fania’s tragic fate seems sealed. But amidst the horrors of the death camp, there is one small glimmer of hope: an orchestra of women prisoners kept alive to make music for their Nazi captors. Can Fania sing for her survival? The stage adaptation is a life-affirming story of the survival of the human spirit in the face of unimaginable horror.

Melanie designed the sound for the production, which played at the Crucible in March 2015.


Director: Richard Beecham

Designer: Ti Green

Lighting Designer: Richard Howell

Sound Designer: Melanie Wilson

Composer, Arranger and Musical Director: Sam Kenyon

Movement Director: Lucy Hind

Fight Director: Ruth Cooper-Brown, Rachel Cristi Bown-Williams

Casting Director: Ginny Schiller CDG

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