Born in 1917, Helen Lewis was forced to live in a Jewish ghetto in her native Czechoslovakia before being deported to Auschwitz during the Second World War. She managed to survive the horrors of the camp, and after the war she came to Belfast where she started a new life. A noted dancer and choreographer, she taught and inspired many dancers in her adopted city. Helen told her remarkable story in a memoir, A Time To Speak, before her death in Belfast in 2009. Now Sam McCready has adapted for stage the dancer, choreographer and Holocaust survivor’s remarkable story of courage and survival in the Nazi Concentration Camps. This award-winning production is being performed by Joan McCready to mark the centenary of Helen’s birth.
"A Time to Speak is a remarkable story and Joan McCready’s performance conveys both the horror and humanity of those dreadful days." – Belfast Telegraph