Davka explored the conflicts thrown at a young Jew, Uri, who is forced to leave his home village (shtetl
) when the German
s invade during WW2
. On his return with the Russia
n Army he finds that everyone he knows has been killed by the Lithuania
ns from the neighbouring town. Uri is both devastated and enraged, eventually deciding on a fiercely destructive response to the deaths of his family and friends.
The play is about conflicts, tension and release. Uri is neither justified nor condemned.
It really happened.
Davka was written over a period of several years, culminating in a reading and then a performance (with some of the same actors) at the Cambridge ADC. Timed to coincide with Holocaust day, it was a poignant reminder of some of the shocking events that took place and how people learned to cope (or not) with their grief and anger.
Reviews were mixed, but overall positive. Unfortunately, until Jane returns my little red Davka folder, I can't add them to this writeup.
See Talking to G'd for an exploration of Uri, post Davka.