Anne & Zef

Ad de Bont won the prestigious Dutch-German award for Theatre for Young Audiences with Anne & Zef, and it was included in the Theatre Café 2010 programme the same year.

Ben Kidd was announced as the winner of the Young Angels Theatremakers Award for his treatment of the play in 2011, which opened at Salisbury Playhouse in 2012 to widespread critical acclaim.

“Are you Anne Frank? You’re different from how I imagined.”
“Prettier or uglier?”
“Dunno. Just different. More old-fashioned.”

An attic in Amsterdam. 1943. A house in modern-day Albania. Anne Frank and Zef Bunga both live in fear of being discovered. Anne is hiding from Nazi troops, Zef is trapped at home in a society where families avenge one death with another.

But they meet in a different world, and discover connections neither expects – a love of stories, battles with parents who have forgotten what it is to be young, and anger at inheriting a life you didn’t choose.

Salisbury Playhouse’s Salberg Studio was transformed into an aerial playground for the English language premiere of this acclaimed play. In an energetic, visually striking and warmly funny production, two young people played, flirted and tried to figure out a complex world with only each other as guides.

“… a touching depiction of children leaping into the unknown with a kiss”
The Guardian

“… utterly breathtaking… the performance leaves a strikingly powerful impression”
Salisbury Journal

“Nastasha Broomfield (Anne) and Sam Swann (Zef) win my unstinting admiration for their excellent concentration in the face of (surely) some physical torture”
British Theatre Guide

“… funny, touching, sometimes shocking and always engaging”
This Is Dorset

Cast & Crew


Anne Frank
Zef Bunga


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