Flew The Coop


Flew The Coop: image Richard Davenport

Silesia? Where’s that? Not only can Lost Watch Theatre find it on a map, they have formed a special society to promote its national heroine, Rosa Rauchbach. Five performers, equipped only with a selection of brooms, tell the astonishing, true story of the British P0W Horace Greasley, who escaped more than 200 times to meet his Silesian lover, returning to his camp after each tryst.

Lost Watch are fresh, clever and know how to switch moods at the drop of a hat.Using sound effects and music with inventiveness and economy – the smack of broom handles on the stage a shorthand for concentration camp oppression – and even cueing their own sound effects, they create a fully formed world, located somewhere in deepest Eastern Europe. The talented young company, who have already won awards, walk a tricky line between larks and death camps. They succeed, able to be both natural and charming, but also terrifying and eventually starkly tragic. A funny, dark and important exploration of nationalism… with disco interludes.

Flew the Coop, New Diorama Theatre, 15-16 Triton Place, London NW1 3BF. Tickets from £14 (£12.50 concessions) Until 4 March at the New Diorama.

Version also published on Londonist Things to Do Today in London page.