Eleanor’s Story is a moving, finely-crafted piece of theatre that sensitively depicts the horrors of war through the eyes of a teenage girl. Ingrid Garner is a highly talented performer, adeptly steering this one-person show through narration and a variety of clearly defined characters. That she is telling the story of her own grandmother adds to the impact, further bringing home the reality of the story.
This is an important tale to tell, offering a glimpse into the unique perspective of an American family living in Berlin during the Second World War, simultaneously resistant to the Nazi regime while being bombed by the forces of their home country.
Garner should also be congratulated on her fine script, condensing several years of narrative into a-well paced hour of theatre.
It is to the benefit of Adelaide Fringe that an important international theatre piece such as this stands alongside everything else that is on offer; this show deserves a big audience – go see it.
Eleanor’s Story: An American Girl in Hitler’s Germany performs at Tandanya Theatre on Saturdays until 17 March, with tickets available here.
4 ½ stars
Reviewed by Matthew Trainor