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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

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