Scratch @ JW3
Scratch@JW3 is your chance to experience exciting new theatre and performance in its early stages of development, including a chance to help the artists shape their work. And we’ll even throw in a glass of wine. Because we’re nice like that. Shortly after Purim and International Women’s Day, the performances this month will be celebrating QUEENS.
As Happy As God in France
by Julia Pascal
The title references the joyful Yiddish saying common to Jews in appreciation of their new status as equal citizens in post-Revolutionary France. In May 1940, many German Jews seeking refuge in France were arrested as ‘undesirables’. They were deported to internment camps near the border with Spain. The play imagines this history through the lens of three German Jews: thirty-four-year-old, political writer, Hannah Arendt, sixteen-year-old schoolgirl Eva Daube and twenty-four-year-old artist, Charlotte Salomon. It is believed that all were incarcerated in Gurs in the summer of 1940 in the weeks between the Armistice and the Nazi -occupation. As Happy As God in France evokes these women’s importance as they try to escape from a France that has forgotten that it once valued Jews
Julia Pascal is a playwright, theatre director and scholar. The granddaughter of Romanian immigrants, her theatre work is profoundly European. Pascal’s dramas have been produced nationally and internationally and are published. Most focus on Jewish history: in particular, women’s untold stories. These include Theresa, The Dybbuk, St Joan,Woman In The Moon, Crossing Jerusalem and The Yiddish Queen Lear. In 2016, Julia completed her PhD at the University of York. Her thesis was on The Absence of Female Jewish Characters On The Postwar English Stage.
It Offends Me as a Comedian
by Ellie Silver
“I have a suspicion that he's converted to Judaism just for the jokes.”
“And this offends you as a Jewish person?”
“No, it offends me as a comedian!”
- Seinfeld, 1997
Is making people laugh more important than respecting our own protected characteristics? Do women – and Jews – only make jokes as a way of combatting sexism and/or antisemitism? Eliza Rosenberg’s dream is to be a queen of Jewish comedy – however, when things go pear-shaped during a performance, she is forced to go off-piste, as well as question her place in both showbiz and society.
Ellie Silver is a Writer and Performer from Manchester. Having gained an undergraduate degree in Theatre Studies from Lancaster University and a master's in Theatre and Performance Practices from the University of Glasgow, her recent credits include Stand Up for Brain Injury with Headway; Cultivate festival at Oldham Coliseum Theatre, and Five Ways to Begin with the Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival. She has also worked with Rachel Mars on Joke Translation Service at the Royal Exchange Theatre, and is an active member of Manchester Jewish Museum's artists' network.
by David Djemal and Noa Bodner
Lilith. Adam’s ex? The Devil’s wife? Queen of Demons? Or maybe just a woman?
Lilith sits in her living room, cup of tea in one hand and her phone is the other, scrolling through a dating app. As she finalises her plans for the evening with one of her many suiters, there is a knock on the door from an unexpected visitor. In an evening filled with surprises, Lilith will finally get to say her piece on the way she has been mistreated through history. After all, she too was made in God’s image, was she not?
David Djemal is a playwright, actor, and singer who has been performing professionally since the age of nine. As a child he was a member of the "Jerusalem Boys Oratorio" and performed in many professional functions, including a performance in front of Pope John Paul II on his visit to Israel in March 2000. David studied acting at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York, the Yoram Lowenstein Studio for Performing Arts in Tel Aviv, and the Royal Academy of Music in London. His most recent musical “Jew You Love Me?” performed both in the UK and Israel in 2018, to critical acclaim.
Noa Bodner trained in her home country of Israel and did a further year of Post Graduate training at the Royal Academy of Music, Musical Theatre Course in London. Noa is a recording session and voice-over artist and professional Harmonica player, who collaborates with different musicians on various projects. Stage credits in Israel, the UK & Europe include: Army Chief Of Staff,/WHAT IF WOMEN RULED THE WORLD, Volksbune Berlin, F***ed In Marrakesh/BEAM18 Theatre Royal Stratford East(Amira) and many more.
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