Taking on the role made famous by Olympia Dukakis, Dame Maureen Lipman stars in the Hope Mill Theatre production of Rose, playing the titular character – a woman shaped by her history.
This sharply drawn portrait of a feisty Jewish woman blends the personal with the political as it traces Rose’s story from the devastation of Nazi-ruled Europe to conquering the American dream. Rose reflects on what it means to be a survivor. Her remarkable life began in a tiny Russian village, took her to Warsaw’s ghettos and a ship called The Exodus, and finally to the boardwalks of Atlantic City, the Arizona canyons, and salsa-flavoured nights in Miami beach.
This thought-provoking production, shown on Sky Arts on Holocaust Memorial Day, acts as a caution, highlighting the importance of unity in the face of adversity, and the need to recognise and empathise with the suffering of others.
Rose airs on 27 January 2021 at 22:00 on Sky Arts