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Posted by: Staff | 21 July 2017

The Hiding Place

On three nights at the beginning of March, around 600 people attended performances of a dramatisation of ‘The Hiding Place’, by American playwright Bradley Winkler, and adapted from the much-loved book by John and Elizabeth Sherrill, telling the story of Corrie Ten Boom and her family.

Corrie and her sister Betsie were two middle-aged Dutch spinsters who, with their elderly father, ran a watchmaker’s shop in Haarlem in The Netherlands during the Second World War, and secretly housed Jews to keep them safe from the Nazis.

Their house was raided by the Gestapo, and the family were all taken to prison; the father soon died, and the two sisters were taken to a series of prison camps, culminating in Ravensbruck Women’s Extermination Camp in East Germany, where Betsie eventually died.

The play was acted by members of Upper School, assisted by a few pupils from Middle School. Numerous people from outside the school and church community came to see the performances. The production had a profound impact on many people; and some adults were in tears afterwards.

One of the pupils said: "This play has been life-changing. It’s taught me to lean on Jesus in times of vulnerability...Betsie and Corrie both have just changed my life..."

Mr M Farrington