With the sun shining in Norwich, England, I am reminded of the wonderful summer’s afternoon I spent in the Norwich Castle Gardens in 2016, watching an energetic and inspiring performance of the unique community play ‘Come Yew In’. Within the many stories of Norwich history told that day, it was the segment that retold Joe’s story in just a few moments that I had been waiting for. Using words from my book Escaping Hitler the talented performers paid tribute to Joe. I have posted this film before but I thought it worth another viewing.
Yesterday, Saturday 8th July 2017, on a sunny lunchtime, I was in the audience for a performance of ‘Come Yew In: A Proud History of Strangers in Norwich’, a lively 90 minute review featuring music and dance. This new production from theatre company The Common Lot was part of the annual Lord Mayor’s Celebration weekend. Director Simon Floyd had approached Joe to ask if his story might be included in the drama. It was wonderful to see his story, so familiar to me, being communicated via a different media, so sensitively capsulated in such a brief moment. Here is the video footage I took so that you could share the moment.