London’s new Jewish cultural center is debuting a verbatim play with the actors wearing headphones to recreate original stories exactly.
Michelle Stimler Morris reports.
The first play at London’s new £50 million Jewish community centre, JW3, is a drama where actors perform in headphones to deliver dialogue as spoken by real people.
The show doesn’t have a script, instead playing a mastertape to the actors’ headsets with the pre-recorded interviewee speaking, so every sound and pause can be imitated.
Shale said: “There’s more controversial content than the spanking club [that a father organises in the family home]. There’s stuff about Israel and Judiasm because we gave people a platform to voice their memories and views. People might walk out.”
Also in the production in the JW3 centre on Finchley Road, are Maggie Steed, Tom Berish and Peep Show’s Issy Suttie. They portray five storylines about Jewish families featuring perspectives from multiple relatives of the same events.
Shale, who considers himself a “Jewish-Buddhist-Atheist”, said that the show “is a really good piece of theatre… nothing to do with Jewish or not”.
Although Lloyd himself is not Jewish, he wanted to bring out the “universal aspects of the project”.
“It’s really about how families work and how they screw us up. There’s a lot of love and a lot of hate but that’s what family is – it’s a kind of pressure cooker.”
Where: JW3 centre, 341-351 Finchley Road, London NW3 6ET
When: 10th-24th November
Further details: 020 7433 8988 or http://www.jw3.org.uk