Theatre Museum Goes Backstage: “The Great Escape: A Canadian + Theatre Story” (Free Special Event)
Tuesday December 10, 2013
The Arts & Letters Club of Toronto (14 Elm Street)
(Followed by reception with light refreshments; Cash Bar)
Copies of the book will be available.
Space is limited. To book your space you can click HERE.
or call us at 416-413-7847
Join author and broadcaster Ted Barris to hear stories he discovered while writing his latest book, “The Great Escape: A Canadian Story”.
Ted was surprised to discover just how many of the escape’s key players were Canadians.
He was also surprised to see the role that theatre played for the prisoners – and how it helped their plan to escape.
German prison officials supplied materials and tools so POWs could build a theatre and volunteer their theatrical talents – as writers, directors, actors, set designers, stage managers, costume and lighting specialists. The theatre had 350 chairs made from Canadian Red Cross parcel boxes!
Join us to see how theatre was woven into this historical event.
On the night of March 24, 1944, eighty Commonwealth airmen crawled through a 400-foot-long tunnel, code-named “Harry,” and most slipped into the darkness of a pine forest beyond the wire of Stalag Luft III, a German prisoner-of-war compound near Sagan, Poland.
In “The Great Escape: A Canadian Story”, bestselling author Ted Barris recounts this nearly mythical escape operation through the voices of those involved, many of whom trained in Canada, served in RCAF bomber and fighter squadrons, were shot down over Europe, imprisoned at Stalag Luft III, and ultimately became co-conspirators in the actual Great Escape.
Based on his original interviews, research, and assembly of memoirs, letters, diaries, and personal photos, Ted Barris reveals that many of the escape’s key players – the tunnel designer, excavators, forgers, scroungers, security and intelligence personnel, custodian of the secret radio, and scores of security “stooges” and sand-dispersal “penguins” – were all Canadians.