Production

Video, pictures and play-script

For this project, we interviewed individuals and groups of older Jewish Londoners about their experience of growing up in what was known as the Jewish East End in the early years of the twentieth century. For many, it was a time of privation and terrible over-crowding, yet most people look back on those years with great warmth and pride. The strong sense of community, coupled with a strong desire to make a go of things, seems to have given people boundless energy and resourcefulness. The story tellers enjoyed sharing their experience, whether in-depth in one-to-one interviews or in older people’s groups in synagogues and day centres, where one person’s memory triggered another and the recording sessions became terrific social events. To watch a video of the production please follow the video link above. You may also follow the link at the end of the page to download the play-script so you may read along.

Photo: Illustrative image for the 'Production' page

The verbatim show was developed in rehearsal then performed with live music to Jewish communities across the UK by an excellent cast of professional Jewish actors.

Here are some pictures of the cast from 1987 including Charles Wegner and Gillian Gallant.

Photo: Illustrative image for the 'Production' page
Photo: Illustrative image for the 'Production' page
Photo: Illustrative image for the 'Production' page
Photo: Illustrative image for the 'Production' page
Photo: Illustrative image for the 'Production' page
Photo: Illustrative image for the 'Production' page

Downloads

PLAYSCRIPT.pdf
PLAYSCRIPT.pdf (130k)

This page was added by Heather Lilley on 07/02/2013.

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