Eleanor's Story

Ingrid Garner wrote and performs the internationally acclaimed, theatrical adaptation of her grandmother Eleanor Ramrath Garner's award-winning memoir, detailing her youth as an American caught in WWII Berlin.

Eleanor's Story: An American Girl in Hitler's Germany

Adapted by Ingrid Garner. Directed by Craig Tyrl. Ages 12+

During the great depression, when she is nine, Eleanor's family moves from her beloved America to Germany, where a new job awaits her father. But war breaks out as her family is crossing the Atlantic and return to the United States becomes impossible. Eleanor struggles to maintain stability, hope and identity in a world of terror and contrasts. 

This true story, with its themes of social and political turmoil, is strikingly relevant almost 80 years later. Ingrid Garner, the show's writer and sole performer, enacts the universal yet seldom reported experience of civilians in wartime. In a thoroughly physical production, accompanied by sound, images and video, the audience is immersed in her grandmother's harrowing journey of survival.

Telegraph's #1 Theatre Pick, Edinburgh Fringe 2017

WINNER! 'Critics Choice Award' Fringe World 2015, Perth, Australia.

★★★★★ "The powerful story is unforgettable - a must-see for history buffs and theatre-aficionados alike" - FringeReview.co.uk

As part of a special double-bill Festival evening at the theatre, audiences can also purchase tickets for 'The Ballad of Johnny Longstaff', which begins shortly after 'Eleanor's Story' at 8pm in the main auditorium.