Inspirational play about youths who take on Nazi rule

Kilmardinny House, Bearsden
Kilmardinny House, Bearsden

A play about a group of youths who opposed the Nazi Government in Germany is coming to Kilmardinny House in Bearsden next month.

Written and directed by Douglas Academy pupil John Crooks (17) - “Pirates of the State” is an original drama based on a true story of bravery during the world’s darkest hour.

John started writing the play while he was studying Nazi Germany for Standard Grade history.

He said: “There was a section on German Youth Groups and a rather disturbing picture of teenagers being executed caught my eye.

“They had been members of the Edelweiss Pirates in Cologne who had been caught by the Gestapo.

“The youngest one to be executed was only 16 and I found that difficult to comprehend.”

The play tells the story of the Ehrenfeld Group - a branch of youth opposition to the Nazi Government active from the mid 1930s til 1945 - through the eyes of a 16 year old boy named Peter.

In mere months he finds himself part of a group which is willing to take on the Third Reich at any cost, and regardless of the consequences which such a thing may bring them.

This inspirational play stars young actors from across Scotland, some of whom are the same age as, or older than, the Edelweiss Pirates which they portray.

The performance will take place on April 16 at 7.30pm.

Tickets can be purchased on the door, £8 for adults and £4 for concessions.

The production is suitable for children of all ages, but it does contain flashing images.

All profits go to Erkine which provides care for ex-servicemen and women.