Singing Swallows connects young people with those who went through the Holocaust. The performance explores what life was like for a young person during this time and how much they might've understood that their communities, identity and lives were at risk. This show tries to spark the imaginations of the young audience through technology and physical performance. Singing Swallows is a starting point of Holocaust education for all audiences, to connect with the messages from Holocaust survivors, messages of love, peace, acceptance, strength. So that when they do engage with Holocaust education, they feel connected to the stories and have empathy and interest to what happened.
Based on truthful recounts of Holocaust experiences
Created by Romi Kupfer
Performers: Romi Kupfer, Flora Feldman, Sol Feldman
Educational Consultant: Tammy Cohen
Sound Designer: Justin Gardam
Lighting Designer: John Collopy
Production Coordinator: Noah Chrapot
Produced by RK Collaborations
Voiced by Ellie Goldenberg, Noah Goldenberg, Jasmine Filer, Zac Maidenberg and Raymond Kupfer
Special thanks to Henri Korn, Abe Goldberg, Cesia Goldberg and Raymond Kupfer
Photography by Pia Johnson
Film by Outsider Productions
Singing Swallows was initially performed in October 2016 as part of Romi's Honours research inquiry at Monash University. Since then it has been performed multiple times for schools and audiences.
"For a younger audience, this is an age-appropriate introduction with which they will easily identify. Romi Kupfer has crafted children’s theatre of considerable skill and creative intelligence.”
"Kupfer, who works in devising theatre for the young, has masterfully created a symbolic educational piece"
"A lot of time, research and care is evident in this performance, to provide a multi-sensory experience… it is family-friendly, accessible to a broad audience, especially children, and tells real stories from our collective history."