Drama on the Northside – Playing for Time

Tue 17th Dec 4.30pm – ‘Playing for Time’ by Henry Hudson
Set in a concentration camp in Eastern Europe in early 1945. Levi Esser is a middle-aged Jewish violinist. He plays in the camp orchestra and so avoids the gas chambers. Generations of Esser’s used the violin that Esser plays. He planned to hand it on to his only son, Rene but Rene was killed in the war. Esser wants a young inmate, Shimon, to take his place in the orchestra so the instrument will continue to be played thereby preserving the memory and traditions of the Jews and of the Esser’s in particular.

Levi Esser – Michael Sharp
Shimon Horowitz – Joe Murphy
Solomon Wolfe – John O’Connor
German camp guard – David Whelan
SS Officer – Shay Russell

Directed by Declan Cahill
Production Assistant was Deborah Gaffney
Sound production by Gavin Byrne