Singing in the Lion’s Mouth
Usden, 28, researched the play carefully, consulting Gloria Proops of the Agunot Campaign and other women from the Charedi community. “I was very aware that I was not just opening up an issue, but a whole way of life, to a non-Jewish audience and so felt a great deal of responsibility to make sure what I wrote was both sensitive and honest,” he said. “The hardest thing was to fit it all into 45 minutes! ONLY THE fifth woman to be nominated for an Oscar for Best Original Score, Mica Levi who composed the music for Jackie, starring Natalie Portman was unlucky to lose out to La La The classically trained musician, who creates experimental pop with her band Micachu and the Shapes, was also nominated for a Bafta for Jackie, and for her first film score, Under the Skin, which featured Scarlett Johansson as an alien.
Levi is one of the artists featured at this year’s Brighton Festival, and she will conduct the London Sinfionetta orchestra playing her score for Under the Skin alongside a screening of the film at the Brighton Dome Theatre on May 7.
The Festival Fringe features Longing, or Exile at Home, by Jaffa Theatre about Jewish and Arab experiences of exile. And watch out for comedians Naomi Paul and Lynn Ruth Miller. www. brightonfestival.org www.brightonfringe.org