The true story of a woman in Nazi Germany who betrayed everyone she knew to survive
By Benjamen Judd
In Blonde Poison Australian actress Belinda Giblin returns to her 2015 award-winning role as Stella Goldschlag, a woman living in Berlin who survives through the daily betraying her fellow Jews to the Gestapo during World War II.
After her family was caught and tortured by the Nazis, Goldschlag was given a choice – be deported to Auschwitz (and die), or work for the Gestapo as a Greiferin or a “catcher” hunting down fellow Jewish people attempting to hide.
Written by South African playwright, academic and historian Gail Louw and directed by Jennifer Hagan, Blonde Poison explores what it takes to survive and what we’re willing sacrifice in order to do so.
Giblin’s Goldschlag is awaiting a visit from her memoirist. The war is over, her family and friends have turned their backs on her and she is facing a twilight filled with the memory of her deeds.
Louw’s writing deftly sits somewhere between triumph and shame – the idea that Goldschlag would be proud of what she did to survive is horrifyingly fascinating, as who can say what they would have done in the same circumstances?
Giblin’s unique mode of performance adds yet another nuance to the complex character – is the apparent defiance and arrogance a natural part of her character or are they the product of a life of horrors and yet another method of survival?
Considered by the Sydney Morning Herald as one of the “wow” performances of 2015, Blonde Poison is a thrilling ride into the dark depths of the human psyche.
Blonde Poison is showing at the Sydney Opera House from April 28 until May 12.
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