The story so far ...
Our story is about Holocaust survivor, violin restorer and violinist Ari Vander and follows his life before, during and after World War II. It talks of his experiences and the people he met on that journey. It is very much a story of triumph in extreme adversity and the rebuilding of a hopeless situation into something beautiful.
Initially the project has been created as an ‘radio musical’ which runs in two acts, written, recorded and created during Coronavirus (Covid-19) lockdown 2020, all recorded remotely/socially distanced. Our cast includes East Midland based performers including artists such as Kate Spencer (Coronation Street) and Danny Hendrix (National Theatre).
Our creative team have established careers in both the music and theatre industry. Phil Baggaley had produced over 35 albums with plays on international and national radio and TV. Mark Edwards, primarily a Jazz performer, regular at Ronnie Scotts, tours with the likes of Katie Melua and Chris Rea. William Varnam has worked as an actor writing much of his own material, and as a musician, performance poet and storyteller”
Dr Rabbi Barbara Borts
‘I was honoured to have helped the team which produced Broken Instruments with their pronunciations of Hebrew and Yiddish words. This care indicates how seriously they took this and indeed, they have created a moving, musically stunning drama about the Holocaust. It is both engaging as a drama, and as well, is a good educational tool’