Youth Without God
A play by
Based on the novel by
Ödön von Horváth
'It is a stroke of genius.' – A Younger Theatre
'The most disturbing schoolboys this side of Golding’s Lord of the Flies.' - Time Out
A shocking allegorical evocation of life under fascism by Oscar-winning dramatist Christopher Hampton (Dangerous Liaisons, Atonement, The Son), Youth Without God is a chilling reminder that populist political rhetoric has consequences.
When a teacher reprimands a student for a racist comment, he stands accused of ‘sabotage of the Fatherland'. As events escalate, and a murder takes place, the teacher must decide whether to take a stand, even if it costs him everything.
In Youth Without God, written in exile having fled the Nazis, Horvath portrays a world of individual ruthlessness and collective numbness which is as relevant today as it was on its release in 1938.
For more information on the historical context of both the novel and the play, please read Christopher Hampton’s introduction here.
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