Royal Court to Premiere Ten-Minute, Gaza-Themed Caryl Churchill Play

News   Royal Court to Premiere Ten-Minute, Gaza-Themed Caryl Churchill Play
The Royal Court will premiere Seven Jewish Children – A Play for Gaza, a new play by Caryl Churchill, written in response to the humanitarian crisis in Gaza that examines the history of Israel.

Seven Jewish Children will be performed for free in the Jerwood Theatre Downstairs, Monday-Saturday evenings at 9 PM (Feb. 6-21), following the scheduled 7:30 PM performance of Marius von Mayenburg's The Stone. The running time is approximately ten minutes, and a collection will be taken afterwards for the charity Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP): Emergency Appeal for the People of Gaza. The production, for which casting is still to be announced, will be directed by Dominic Cooke, artistic director of the Royal Court. (There will be no performance Feb. 9.) In a press statement Churchill said that she "wrote this as a small response to what has happened in Gaza in the last few weeks." Cooke added, "I have long been interested in the genesis of the conflict in the Middle East, so it was very exciting to receive Caryl's powerful and humane play on the subject. This short, urgent piece has been written in response to recent events and its resonance goes way beyond the present in its understanding of the roots of the tragedy that's now unfolding in Gaza."

The script will be available to download for free beginning Feb. 11 on the websites of the Royal Court Theatre, Caryl Churchill's publisher Nick Hern Books and her agents Casarotto Ramsay Ltd. There will be no charge for performance rights on the condition that a collection is made for MAP. The charity works for the health of Palestinians (especially in conditions of occupation, displacement or exile) based on principles of self-determination and social justice.

Tickets can be booked at the Royal Court's box office by phone 020 7565 5000 or email (, but are not otherwise bookable online.

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