A village in a forest in the Vosges mountains of Alsace,1951. Rebuilding their lives after the horrors of the Nazi occupation, the Fischer and Seltz families struggle to live with a terrible secret. When a commissaire from Paris arrives to investigate the disappearance of a young resistance operative, the ties of tradition, family and community rapidly unravel. A new play based on real events, exploring the shocking choices forced on a border community trapped in a cycle of international vengeance. An ensemble production, drawing on the folk art imagery and carnival traditions of Alsace and the Black Forest. Performed in English.
Really superb writing.
An interesting and important story, inventively told.
A cultural bridge to the perspectives and performing styles of a European theatre we are in danger of forgetting.
Tom Bolton, Theatre Blogger
I was gripped from the start by the pagan masks and rustic dancing. The cast evoked a sense of deep forest and dread.
Katrina Patterson, audience member
Arnika is totally absorbing - a wonderful play, complex and very rewarding.
Wendy Bliss, audience member