To coincide with the 60th anniversary of the Hungarian Revolution of 1956, a successful rehearsed reading of Distorting Mirrors, Peter’s second play was held in the Hungarian Cultural Centre (www.hungary.org.uk), Covent Garden, London on 24 October 2016. The occasion was timely since the background of the play is the heroic and tragic Uprising in October 1956 when, for ten brief days, everything seemed possible – even that the country could become free of Communism. The actors, Sarah Berger, Simon Cleaves, Simon Cole, Sean Baker and Jessica Claire were marvellous, and the director, Dave Spencer made the audience believe that they were watching not a reading but a full production. What we need now is funding for a stage production!
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The second half of 2017 will see the German translation of Parallel Lines, the third foreign language after Hungarian and Italian. It will be published by Wallstein, a well-known reputable house.
Peter was asked in the late spring of 2016 by the Holocaust Memorial Foundation (HMF) to give a testimony of his experiences of a child survivor in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in 1944/1945. The HMF is a UK Government initiated and funded project which is planning a Memorial in Victoria Tower Gardens, next to Parliament and an Education Centre. All the survivors were interviewed by Natasha Kaplinsky.
Distorting Mirrors, Peter’s second play had three successful public readings. The first two took place in the Tristan Bates Theatre, Actors’ Centre, Covent Garden, London WC2 on 30 September and 1 October 2016. It was directed b Geoffrey Williamson, and the cast list included Victoria Lennox, Reginald Edwards, Steve Hansell, Jack Parry-Jones and Mariam Haque.
The third, a most successful reading was held on 31 March 2016 in The Theatre Room, Frederick’s Place, EC2 in the City of London. The play was directed by Alan Cohen who worked for the National Theatre and produced by Sarah Berger, founder and chief executive of the So and So Arts Club (www.thesoandsoartsclub.com). She also played the Elsa, the central character, a psychiatrist/psychoanalyst who practice was banned under the Communist regime. Other members of the cast were: Paul Herzberg, Simon Cole, Jessica Clair and Hugh John. There are plan to have a full production of this play early in 2017.
Peter Lantos has been invited to the Chipping Campden Festival to discuss Parallel Lines on Wednesday, 7 May at 2pm. He will be sharing the podium with Lisa Appignanesi who has written the Foreword to the new edition.