JW3 presents ISOLATED, a theatrical journey of performances exploring Jewish stories and traditions around isolation.
As the world attempts to rush back to normal, JW3 have commissioned six artists, writers and performers to produce an evening of immersive theatre, giving space and time for our community to process their experience of isolation.
For one night only, we present a unique and unexpected theatrical journey through our recently reopened centre, and through five specially created performances exploring Jewish stories and traditions around isolation. Each journey will last 75 minutes and will include five different theatrical experiences played out in unusual locations around the building, inspired by Jewish stories and traditions of isolation.
The artists were chosen by a panel of judges, including Gillian Greer, the new Literary Manager of Soho Theatre, from a range of applicants with diverse artistic backgrounds. Each artist brings a unique and compelling perspective to this multi-faceted show (bios below), developed with the support of JW3’s programming team, our community of educators, artists and theatre professionals, as well as from their fellow artists in the cohort.
This Immersive Theatre Commission has been generously supported by the Genesis Philanthropy Group.
NB: The audience will be limited to 15 people at a time, with multiple start times, and there will be ample space to socially distance from others who aren't in your household.
Emma Brand is a theatre-maker and performer from London. Her work explores social issues through playful, audience-centric means. Having studied Performance Making at Goldsmiths University, she has taken shows to VAULT Festival, (drop dead gorgeous, 2020), Brighton Fringe (How to Make Me Happy, 2018) and the Edinburgh Fringe (Whalebone, 2017). 'Whalebone' was selected as one of The Stage's Highlights of the Fringe in 2017. She recently wrote, produced and performed her show 'The Stove' as part of Electric Dreams Online ('Brand creates a magical world of comfort for all to share', **** A Younger Theatre).
Rachel Bellman and Jasmine Teo
Jasmine Teo is a director who has worked in London and Singapore; productions she has directed include The Bevin Boys (Pentameters Theatre; London Pub Theatres Standing Ovation Nominee), White Girl (The Upsetters’ Scratch Night), The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye (Pentameters Theatre), The Last Five Years (Henderson Project), The Teenage Textbook Musical (Drama Centre Studio).
Some of her assistant director credits are: The Haystack (Roxana Silbert, Hampstead Theatre), The Wolves (Ellen McDougall, Theatre Royal Stratford East), and Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria (Justin Way, Iford Music Festival).
Jasmine is The CentrE17’s Associate Artist for 2020, where she has directed Nabilah Said’s Carbon Copy for the inaugural Singapore National Day theatre week, which she also produced, and the Meet the Future Creatives of Tomorrow artistic showcase. She is currently creating two new pieces for 45-North and JW3, and directing for Yellow Earth’s Professional Writers’ Programme showcase.
Rachel Bellman is a London-based writer and lyricist. She won the BYMT New Music Theatre Award for her musical The Dickens Girls, produced as part of BYMT’s summer season at the New Wolsey Theatre in 2019. Current projects include the musical Flower Cutters in development with Perfect Pitch, the musical Eyes Wide Open currently being workshopped at the University of Winchester, and the play Mazzikim.
Previous projects include the musical So-Called Gen Z produced by PQA at the 2019 Edinburgh Fringe, the short play Peanut Butter performed at the Pleasance Theatre in 2018, Being Brilliant performed at Royal Concert Hall Nottingham in 2017, and mini-musicals Elf Spies and The Knights Before Christmas commissioned by Perfect Pitch in 2016. She is the co-author of the musical picture book and CD Barry the Penguin’s Black and White Christmas, narrated by Christopher Eccleston.
Performances of individual songs or extracts include Musical Bites at The Other Palace, SIGNAL, the Stiles + Drewe Best New Song Prize, and the London Musical Theatre Orchestra. Rachel studied English Literature at Oxford University, and has been part of the BOOK Music & Lyrics advanced composer/lyricist workshop, MMD writers’ lab, and Soho Theatre Writers’ Lab.
Dex Grodner is a London based live artist and the host of the queer, Jewish cabaret Homos and Houmous, which they perform as the Yiddish music hall grand dame Chanukah Lewinsky. They are particularly engaged with women’s and queer stories in Yiddish Theatre and have run workshops and retreats on gender and Judaism at Sadeh Farm, Limmud Festival and University of Cambridge, and given talks on gender and theatre practice at Ovalhouse, Hackney Showroom.
Laura is a European theatre maker, performer and emerging director. She graduated from the BA Acting Collaborative and Devised Theatre Course at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in 2018. Laura is passionate about creating exciting movement-led work that challenges the form of storytelling. Laura also works as a workshop facilitator and teacher of Jewish studies and is the co-founder of a theatre collective for young audiences, Pocket-Sized Collective.
Guy is a performer, director and composer based in London. His acting credits include Becoming Electra (The Roundhouse and UK Tour), 3 Guys Naked From The Waist Down (Finborough Theatre), Thrill Me (The English Theatre of Hamburg and Jermyn Street Theatre), and Trigonometry (BBC2, Dir. Athina Rachel Tsangari).
Guy is Creative Director and Co-Founder of new theatre company represent, dedicated to redressing the socioeconomic imbalance in the industry. He has written the music for Sixth Form Romeo, a musical by Nigel Williams (Elizabeth I with Helen Mirren, The Wimbledon Trilogy novels) and Great Again (Tristan Bates and VAULT Festival, winner MIRO magazine pick of the festival) with Isla van Tricht.
Currently, Guy and Isla are writing a new musical called "The Correct Account of Activist, Writer and Genius Valerie Solanas, Who Famously Wrote the SCUM Manifesto, And Also Shot Andy Warhol, As Told by Herself and Her Friends”, recently runners up in Mercury Theatre's Songwriting Award and workshopping early next year.