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Jermyn Street theatre, LondonIn his debut as a playwright, Stephen Unwin explores the fate of disabled youths in Nazi Germany and creates an engrossing moral debateThere is an obvious difficulty to dramatising the subject of the Nazis’ so-called “euthanasia programme”: how to avoid a note of generalised retrospective outrage. Stephen Unwin, a practised director making his impressive debut as a playwright, does this in two ways: by focusing specifically on the deaths of disabled children and by creating a passionate moral debate between two eloquent antagonists. The time is 1941, and the place a clinic not far from Cologne. Victor, the paediatrician who created the clinic in peacetime to help sick children, is now forced to use it to dispatch severely disabled people to their deaths. His own growing qualms about the process are brutally countered by a young SS officer, Eric, who has been installed as his deputy. Continue reading…

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