How can you honour the legacy of a woman you hardly knew?
Niusia was a Holocaust survivor. Her granddaughter, Beth, only remembers an angry, dying woman. She’s ready to learn her stories, but instead what she discovers is all the questions she didn’t know existed, and never thought to ask.
Through NIUSIA, Beth weaves memories, handed-down stories, and interviews in an attempt to comprehend her Grandmother’s complex legacy. A legacy she’s been protected from. She asks: “what does remembrance look like when all I remember is the silence?”
Content Warnings: Discussion around adult themes of war crimes, violence, antisemitism, and genocide; Descriptions of concentration camp experiences; Depiction of PTSD flashback; Mild coarse language
Writer/Performer: Beth Paterson
Director: Kathryn Yates
Writing Dramaturg: Fraser Mitchell
Sound Design: Justin Gardam
Costume and Set Design: Samantha Hastings
Lighting Design: Sidney Younger
Jewish Cultural Consultant: Galit Klas
Producer: Ryan Stewart
Image by Ece Mustafoff
Visual rating 50%: Events are partly subtitled or include dialogue, background music and/or sounds, so d/Deaf and hard of hearing audiences can have some engagement with the event.
Aural Rating 75%: Mainly sound-based, with visuals only incidental to the work, so blind or low vision audiences can have close to the full experience of the event.