Boys weeping for their mother, cockroaches inside bread rations, and daily air raids. This is the sombre world Ingrid Garner paints in the theatrical adaptation of her grandmother’s memoir.
Eleanor’s Story: An American Girl in Hitler’s Germany takes you on an emotional ride through the horrific experiences of a young American girl trapped in Germany during World War II.
Coming back to Perth for her forth Fringe, Garner’s talent is undeniable. This one-person show gave insight into a wartime where freedom and choice is stripped away. Garner shares moments with the audience that are chilling to the bone, leaving goosebumps on your arms.
Garner’s first-person narration portrays terrifying scenes that do not require elaborate sets or additional actors to fully convey the devastation and horror of Nazi Germany. In fact, her very use and manipulation of the props is clever and keeps the show from falling flat.
Unfortunately this impressive performance was let down by the venue located at the Circus Theatre in Fringe Central. Eleanor’s Story: An American Girl in Hitler’s Germany feels like an intimate and sensitive performance that was positioned between two carnivals.
Intimate moments were lost by the distracting robust voices from nearby performances, and at times, it was quite difficult to focus on Garner’s performance.
Despite the uncontrollable circumstances, Eleanor’s Story: An American Girl in Hitler’s Germany is a performance worthy of attention. This is a show about identity, hope and resilience in an otherwise hopeless world.