Pupils from a Catholic school in Finchley will be performing a play about the Holocaust at Auschwitz next week.

The cast of Remember, from Finchley Catholic High School (FCHS), in Woodside Lane, North Finchley, will tour Poland and perform at a professional theatre, a Jewish prayer house in Krakow, as well as the former Nazi administration block at the Auschwitz labour camp.

The production, written by head of performing arts Mark Sell, using real-life testimonies from Holocaust survivors, was first performed at the school in March. The cast includes six girls from St Michael's Catholic Grammar School, Nether Street, North Finchley.

The performance at Auschwitz will be in front of an invited audience including the directors of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum, pupils' parents, and teachers and pupils from a Polish school. A play in English will be performed by Polish pupils for the Finchley cast.

Mr Sell said: "The cast is very apprehensive because no one's ever performed at Auschwitz before. It's hallowed ground really. I'm concerned about the emotional impact it will have on the children, but they have been doing this play for a while, so they are prepared. They've got to be very mature and we will have to have things in place to deal with any emotional fallout.

"But at the same time it's a phenomenal honour. The support from the Jewish community and the community in Finchley and elsewhere has been fantastic. What it's all about is remembering the Holocaust."