Harrowing wartime tale

Bent by Bootcamp Theatre at Little Theatre, Eastbourne
Bent by Bootcamp Theatre at Little Theatre, Eastbourne

Bootcamp Theatre presents Bent by Martin Sherman from Wednesday, February 27, to Saturday, March 2, at The Little Theatre in Eldon Road.

Max, a promiscuous gay man in 1930s Berlin, finds himself on the run from the SS after attending an orgy the night before.

Max and his lover Rudy manage to escape, but are later arrested and sentenced to a concentration camp.

En route, Max arranges to be given a yellow identification star, marking him as a Jew, instead of a pink triangle, which would signify him as gay.

While the Jews are executed, gay prisoners receive even more brutal treatment from the guards.

While incarcerated, Max meets Horst, an inmate who proudly wears the pink triangle.

Max and Horst fall in love with each other, and Horst’s bravery leads Max to finally accept his sexual identity.

A harrowing, overpoweringly intense, and at times violent story about the treatment of homosexuals by the Nazis, Bent receives its Eastbourne premiere in 2013.

From Bootcamp Theatre, the people behind A Few Good Men, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and The History Boys.

Box office Monday to Friday, 9am-4pm, tickets £9, £10; email info@littletheatre.biz 01323 744298