It wasn't until a young historian by the name of Dirk Dahnhardt undertook a thesis at Kiel University, published in 1977, which looked into the events in Kiel. His work tried to remain objective, removing the political interpretation of the facts which had so far clouded people's judgement of the men involved and their motives.
Our friend Klaus picked up on the research, and even visiting Lothar Popp, one of the main leaders in the revolt, in 1978. You can read some of his interview on Klaus' brilliant website here: www.kurkuhl.de We felt a strong resemblance to our very own Cyril Pearce, who had visited Arthur Gardiner - the main protagonist of England, Arise! - in the 60's.
Klaus has continued with his research into the history of Kiel since the 70's, and has recently started a History degree at Kiel University, which is fantastic! It may be that he can attend Dr Sharp's conference later in the year in Leeds, which would also be wonderful.
I am sure we will see lots more of Klaus and we are very grateful to him for his time and expertise.
Me and Mick are all ready for our trip to Germany with Dr Ingrid Sharp today. Passports, check, itinerary, check, bags packed... nearly!
I must say, I've been overwhelmed by the response of the good people of Kiel to my random reaching out about our possible Mutiny project. We are going to be meeting people from across the city, and the theatre also and I'm really looking forward to it!
It will be a road trip, as we'll be driving up from Berlin, which gives us a chance to see the German countryside too.
More to follow!
Dewsbury libraries. The display is well worth a visit. The work created by the young people is incredibly moving and creative and we were honoured that 7 of them joined us to present their work to an invited audience. James and Laura from the cast also contributed short selections from the play, but the day was really all about the young people.
Many thanks to the teachers, Kim & Pauline, the staff at Huddersfield library, but mostly to the young people who blew us all away.
The show began, and we were transported to the end of the night in less time than it takes to down a shot. Smudged make-up, take-away debris, loo roll stuck on the soles of shoes, all the signs of a well rehearsed night of rosé-fulled anarchy.
As the piece unfolded, we were metaphorically dragged onto the dance floor of the show, as we danced through the inner lives of these every(wo)men. Intimate confessions and streams of consciousness were interspersed with shouts of 'open or closed?' followed by shots (yes, shots) of white wine. We were absolutely on the emotional rollercoaster, headed 'up town' and back again, stumbling, puking, crying and screaming with laughter.
As the night came to an end, we left with the feeling that the hang over was already taking hold and we were going to suffer for it. But this is a piece worth suffering for. Moments of gut wrenching pathos call on us to ask ourselves as women what it is that calls us to hit that self-destruct button, what binds us together as we free-fall through the night, and how easy it is to fail to see beyond the make-up and glitter and really examine the fullness of the lives of young women today.
Do go and see this company - they are great!