Second World War drama packs a powerful punch

The Boy in Striped Pyjamas
The Boy in Striped Pyjamas

Anyone who has seen the film of The Boy in Striped Pyjamas will tell you tales of how it left them emotionally drained.

Set during the Second World War, it sees an unlikely friendship between two young boys Bruno and Shmuel with one inside a concentration camp and the other on the outside.

For all of the backdrop of innocence portrayed in the relationship between the two boys, it doesn’t take long for fascism to rear its ugly head.

Because the friendship is a celebration of the similarities between people and its innocence is the heart that drives the story forward. Well done to both young Cameron Duncan playing Bruno and Sam Peterson playing Shmuel who handle the difficult material superbly.

The relationship between the two leaves you hopeful about the future of humanity whereas the relationship between the other members of Bruno’s family makes you despair.

It is a heartbreaking story and you may need a tissue for its climax. The story acts as an important reminder why we should never allow something like this to ever happen again.

The Boy in Striped Pyjamas is performed until Saturday. For tickets call the box office on 01604 624811 or visit