Special Occasions by Amy Ng

Directed by Kasia Różycki

Starring: Alexandra Reynolds, Caroline Cooke

Performed at the Arcola Theatre

Produced by Sheer Height

Part of the Women Redressed Festival


'Amy NG’s Special Occasions presents the microcosmic lives of an ex-patriot Jewish-Viennese mother and her daughter Nina, and analyses their relationship in terms of how children’s lives can come to mirror those of their parents. The mother, played (initially comically) by Caroline Burns Cooke, later goes on to reveal how as a child she escaped the horrors of the Holocaust during World War Two. In an emotional anecdote, she explains how her mother smuggled her out of Austria to safety in Shanghai, deciding to save her daughter’s life over that of her son’s – juxtaposing the stereotypical patriarchal attitudes of the early twentieth century.'

Review by Emily May; A Young Theatre



Photo credit: Thomas Scurr


© 2019 by Kasia Różycki