His­tory of Is­rael on stage in 10 mins

The Jewish Chronicle - - News - BY MAR­CUS DYSCH

A PLAY writ­ten in re­sponse to the sit­u­a­tion in Gaza is to be staged at a Lon­don the­atre from next week.

Seven Jewish Chil­dren – A Play for Gaza, by Caryl Churchill ,will run at the Royal Court The­atre from Fe­bru­ary 6 to 21. With a pre­dom­i­nantly Jewish cast, it shows Jewish moth­ers talk­ing to their chil­dren about the Gaza bomb­ing.

Writ­ten ear­lier this month, the play is just 10 min­utes long and de­scribed by the the­atre as “a his­tory of Is­rael, end­ing with the bomb­ing of Gaza”.

It will be per­formed fol­low­ing a pre­vi­ously sched­uled, un­con­nected play, af­ter which the au­di­ence will be asked to do­nate to the Med­i­cal Aid for Pales­tini­ans char­ity.

Ms Churchill told The Guardian: “Is­rael has done lots of ter­ri­ble things in the past, but what hap­pened in Gaza seemed par­tic­u­larly ex­treme.”

An­drew Bal­combe, chair­man of the Zion­ist Fed­er­a­tion, said: “Caryl Churchill is a pa­tron of the Pales­tine Sol­i­dar­ity Cam­paign. We hope the play is fair and bal­anced and not just a de­mon­i­sa­tion of Is­rael.”

PHOTO: GETTY IM­AGES

Satur­day’s protest against the BBC’s de­ci­sion not to show the DEC char­ity ap­peal

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