New Verbatim Play Listen, We're Family to Be Staged at London's JW3, A New Jewish Arts and Cultural Centre

News   New Verbatim Play Listen, We're Family to Be Staged at London's JW3, A New Jewish Arts and Cultural Centre
JW3, a new Jewish arts and cultural centre located on London's Finchley Road in NW3, is to present Listen, We're Family, its first theatre commission for which actor Kery Shale Shale and director Matthew Lloyd interviewed dozens of Jewish families – mothers and sons, sisters and brothers, nephews and aunts – for a new verbatim play that uses their own words to tell tales of family life. It will begin performances Nov. 10 prior to an official opening Nov. 13, for a run through Nov. 24.

Shale is joined in the play by Isy Suttie (best known for TV's "The Peep Show"), Tom Berish and Maggie Steed. In a press statement, Shale comented, "The suburban spanking club was possibly the most unexpected. But the joy was that we never knew where the conversation was going to go. There was talk of mental illness, suicide, food, family rifts, food, families with dark secrets, hilarious tales of East End life. Oh, and food. We also encountered a surprising history of Jewish barbers and hairdressers! A few strands stood out. One of them was the fact that your family is your family and you accept it because you know no different. Perhaps this last aspect is what makes it relevant to everyone, not just Jews even [though] they are the ones telling the stories. In today's society with so much concern about the decline of traditional family structures, a piece focusing on the dynamics of family life is relevant to everyone."

Lloyd added, "I think the reason verbatim is such an important component of contemporary theatre is that audiences are hungry for authenticity - for work that captures the essence of everyday life and allows us to see the humour and extraordinary drama that is to be found in ordinary people. But you only get that if people are prepared to talk - and this show, rooted in the Jewish community, celebrates some of the most unstoppable talkers you can imagine!"

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