Communist. Jew. Revolutionary. Lover. Mother. Olga Benario's story is a searing tale of survival as alongside her fellow prisoners she struggles to hold on to her disintegrating sense of self. Based on real events of the 1930s and 1940s focusing on Benario's time in Brazil and Germany, this gripping play was the first work by one of Europe's foremost contemporary dramatists, Dea Loher, and was originally performed in 1992. After their highly successful run in Luxembourg City, Speaking in Tongues bring the English-language world premiere to London.
Dea Loher is one of Germany's most highly regarded contemporary playwrights. Born in Bavaria, her plays have been translated into over fifteen languages and staged all over the world. Currently living in Berlin, her most recent work is a novel, Bugatti taucht auf. David Tushingham is a playwright and translator whose work includes The Golden Dragon (ATC/Arcola Theatre), Mr. Kolpert, The Woman Before (Royal Court), Arabian Night, Jeff Koons (ATC) and State of Emergency (Gate Theatre). He has worked as a dramaturg for numerous high-profile European institutions and is currently Artistic Advisor to the Salzburg Festival.