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Camp Siegfried

Bess Wohl
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I’m a killer I told you
I told you that all along
You were the dummy to believe
I could ever be anything else

Two teenagers fall in love on Long Island. There’s fun and dancing, sports and team spirit, there’s the woods and beer and physical hard work. But it’s 1938, the world is on the brink of war, and their wholesome summer camp is exclusively for American youth of German descent. As their mutual attraction deepens, so they become intoxicated by the Nazi ideology that fuels the camp, an ideology that will culminate in global atrocity and genocide.

Inspired by the real Camp Siegfried, Bess Wohl’s play premiered at the Old Vic Theatre, London, in September 2021.

Critic Reviews

A fascinating and artfully written story with stranger-than-fiction reality at its heart.

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In an act of daring minimalism, Wohl alights on two archetypal teens, an unnamed boy and girl, charting their growing, darkening relationship... transfixingly plausible. The grim moment in a speech to camp when Ferran’s wallflower blossoms into a familiar, tirading figure has you questioning who you thought she was, and what all of us are capable of doing.

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An insightful piece about the frightening appeal of fascism... a consummately clever story about a real-life fascist summer camp on Long Island...Any comparisons with the political worldview and electoral ambitions of Donald Trump are entirely purposeful. The production is a wonderful achievement.

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Utterly chilling... Camp Siegfried will receive plenty more productions in years to come: sensitive dramas about teenagers and poignant tragedies about radicalisation are not the sort of things that seem liable to date, and Wohl’s play is a fine example of both.

Time Out
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Wohl's clever and poetic script.

Broadway World
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This disquieting, sharply written character study from playwright Bess Wohl.

The Stage