Fritz Lang’s great silent movie Frau im Mond premiered in l929 and gave the world its first celluloid space travel fantasy. The film had an enormous impact on German rocket scientists, most notably Wernher Von Braun, the brains behind the l969 US space mission. But Von Braun’s achievement caused the deaths of thousands of slave labourers in Camp Dora where Vl and V2 rockets were constructed as Hitler’s secret weapon to crush the British.
Pascal’s play explores the connection between today’s technologies, such as the mobile phone, and their links with the pilotless planes that killed the British as the war was drawing to a close. Death machines that would eventually be the prototype for the race to the moon.
The play is based on testimony from French, German and Austrian Camp Dora survivors.
Woman in the Moon played at:
Arcola Theatre 27 Arcola St London E8 2DH
13 March – 7 April 2001
Written and directed by Julia Pascal
Designed by Merav Weinstein