Letters of Support
"TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN: My wife and I happened to be in Christchurch, when 'The Free Theatre' showed their performance of Werner Fritsch's plays. We went very sceptically. The plays are concerned with a not so pleasant part of German history. Nazism and especially the crooked figures of Hermann and Emmy Goering on the one hand and the complicated and very German connection between Gustav Grundgens, the myth of Faust on the other. And two of his extremely complex plays to be performed more or less one right after the other. We came back convinced and overwhelmed. Not only was there a congenial translation or rather transformation into English, great directing, but there was a quality of acting, a total dedication to the plays, an identification of the actors and actresses with a highly sophisticated web of content and language which left us speechless. In all respects the performances were on level with the ones we saw in Berlin some years ago, both of them at professional theatres. Absolutely first class and the aura which the play seeks to evoke was right there, 20,000 km's away from Berlin. Incredible work! If this sounds overexcited, we were that, and still are."
Henner Loeffler, Ph.D,
"When you are in the company of Free Theatre performers, you experience the cohesion, exploration and manifestation of dedicated ensemble work. Free Theatre's interpretation of this classic piece is richly textured with the language of theatre in spades. Exquisitely expressive and physical Faust Chroma is masterly rendered to comment on the perennial issue of excess power without conscience. Deservedly the winners of the Best Theatre award at the recent Dunedin Fringe Festival, along with Nominee for Best Production Design."
Festival Coordinator & Artist Liaison, Dunedin Fringe Festival