Author(s): Oliver Yellop
Company: Further Theatre in association with Park Theatre
Running time: 1h 00min approx
Age recommendation: 14+
Based on the real-life escape stories of the men and women who burrowed under the Berlin Wall in 1968, Tunnels portrays the daring escape of cousins Paul and Freddie Metz during the height of the Cold War.
This claustrophobic play, accompanied by live music, takes place entirely underground and highlights the struggles of living in one of the most tightly controlled surveillance regimes in history, where neither cousin has a concept of Berlin without the Wall.
Paul is driven by the ideological need to escape communism, while Freddie dreams of materialistic wealth in the West. Their motives may differ, but their goal remains the same, will their tunnel lead to freedom or bury them under an avalanche of dirt?
The only obstacles in their way are a 20 metre ‘death strip’, hundreds of landmines and the East German secret police, the Stasi.