Moses comes to Lon­don’s West End

The Jewish Chronicle - - FRONT PAGE - BY NAOMI FIRSHT

THE MAN be­hind the hit Jewish film com­edy Leon the Pig Farmer is to direct his first stage play, “a Monty Pythonesque look at the Ex­o­dus story”.

NotMoses is the story of a cry­ing baby who is plucked from his bas­ket by a princess but is dumped back into the Nile when she sees a nicer baby, Moses.

Writer and di­rec­tor Gary Sinyor said this ir­rev­er­ent look at the bi­b­li­cal sto­ries had been in­spired by Monty Python’s Life of Brian and Rowan Atkinson’s tele­vi­sion com­edy Black­ad­der.

The show’s 10-week run will be­gin in March 2016 at the Arts The­atre in Lon­don’s West End.

Mr Sinyor said work­ing on the play has been a “huge amount of fun.

“With a film you don’t really in­ter­act with the au­di­ence, whereas with a play you are do­ing things that in­volve them — things that you could never get away with in a film.”

For NotMoses, the au­di­ence will take on the role of the Chil­dren of Is­rael, and char­ac­ters on stage will di­rectly ad­dress them.

Mr Sinyor, who has writ­ten, di­rected and pro­duced films since the 1990s, scored a box-of­fice suc­cess in 1992 with Leon the Pig Farmer, about a Jewish es­tate agent from north Lon­don who dis­cov­ers that his bi r t h pa r e n t s are run­ning a pig gery in York­shire.

I n - deed, NotMoses be­gan life as a film script about six years ago .

The play deals with the is­sue of fun­da­men­tal­ism, “hope­fully in an en­ter­tain­ing way”, said Mr Sinyor.

“Re­li­gion lends it­self well to com­edy. It’s a sur­real ap­proach where you can bring the mod­ern into the anc

ient world.”

Gary Sinyor

In­flu­ences: Black­ad­der and

Monty Python’s Life of Brian

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