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DIPLOMACY @ THE ENSEMBLE

This was a .great night of theatre brought to us by two of Australia’s theatrical legends.

The scenario. In  1944  at the Hotel Maurice, the Swedish diplomat Raoul Nordling and the German General Dietrich von Cholitz meet in a life and death situation for the city of Paris. On abandoning Paris, Hitler has ordered its destruction. Raoul has one night to persuade the General to leave the landmark city standing.

What we see is a battle of wills between the two men. We feel every bit of the battle and the shifts that so delicately take place. At first there seems little chance for Nordling to win the General and on more than one occasion he is shown the door yet somehow he always manages to come back.  Thankfully, in the end, he wins the General over and Paris is saved.  Continue reading DIPLOMACY @ THE ENSEMBLE