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From 98 member  reviews
Members say: Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great acting, Intelligent

About the show

1936, Berlin. When Jewish athlete Helene Mayer is selected for the Nazis' Olympic Squad, she realizes she is fighting for much more than gold. More…

From the show:

Based on a true story, 'Games' is a cautionary tale for our times. A multi-award-winning, sell-out success, the show received won the Adelaide Fringe Weekly Award and received astonishing 14, five and four-star reviews in Edinburgh where it was called: *****"Breathtaking and powerful, Henry Naylor's Games is sharp, funny and poignant- a must see." EdFest Magazine; ***** "A truly genius piece of writing" Voice Mag.

Member Reviews (98)


Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great acting, Intelligent

Good acting, Interesting topic, Slight, Disappointing, Somewhat trite

See it if you are interested in the themes of the growth of Nazism, sports, prejudice and past unheralded women sports figures fighting discrimination

Don't see it if you dislike characters telling their stories to the audience with little dialog, characterizations that are not in-depth & no new insights.

Slow, Overrated, Relevant, Disappointing

See it if Deals with 2 German athletes and the 1936 Olympic games. Adds useful texture to understanding of the period. I wanted to like it -but didn't

Don't see it if Terrible staging, so-so acting, fair script, poor casting will overwhelm the important message. Note that it is short - 75 minutes.

Also There is clear immediate context to these historical events, so worth ... Read more Read less

Slow, Disappointing, Relevant

See it if you like historical dramas.

Don't see it if you dislike monologues.

Also I am always fascinated and intrigued by this period, but did not find ... Read more Read less

During previews
Edgy, Insipid, Slow

See it if you like a docu-drama without much drama

Don't see it if two women barely interacting on a bare stage is not your cup of tea

During previews
Uneven, Bare staging, Resonant, Slow

See it if You Don’t expect a real play but basically two monologues about two female Jewish athletes in Nazi Germany.

Don't see it if You are looking for a “ full “ production with great acting. The actors try quite hard but they are very uneven.

October 20th, 2019
"The characters primarily narrate their stories, often poetically, and they intermittently debate with each other the entanglement of sports and politics...Choreographically, they demonstrate the physical and emotional exhaustion the women endured. Both performers are excellent."
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October 21st, 2019
"Constructed as two intertwining monologues...Yes, their paths cross at crucial times, but the cumulative impact of their individual tales, from optimistic beginnings to their distressing, but sadly satisfying adult lives makes an impact that is both heartbreaking and hopeful."
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October 21st, 2019
"The script is hokey and oh-so-dramatic, but the story it tells is worthy of the spotlight…the minimalist approach lays the writing and one-note performances bare…I like to get my doses of political finger-wagging through more human storytelling."
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