"This play has some echoes of my father's infancy," says Clem. "He was born six weeks before the German invasion and occupation in Tilburg less than 100 miles from where the action of this play took place in Amsterdam. He spent the first 5 years of his life inside under the occupation. My grandmother (Oma) had a Jewish maiden name and was close to being taken when the Germans asked my grandfather (Opa) to drop his strides to check whether he was circumcised. The tension must have been unbelievable during that time."
"In these troubled times, when Neo-Nazi groups are trying to spread messages of hate against some sections of our society, it's important to remember that civilisation can break down very quickly," says Glenda. "The Diary of Anne Frank reminds us that we must not let hate win."
The Diary of Anne Frank opens on April 5th at the Lind in Mitchell Street, Nambour. The season continues on April 6th, 7th, 10th, 11th, 22th and 13th. Bookings are essential and may be made online at lindlane.com.au or by phoning 1300 732 764.