Venue: Main House

Dates: 21 May 2009

Price(s): £ 15

Two Plays for Gaza

A benefit for the Gaza Music School and Stop the War Coalition
Introduced by Tony Benn, music set by Reem Kelani.

This exciting evening will include Seven Jewish Children by Caryl Churchill (10 minute play) and The Trainer by David Wilson & Anne Aylor (1 hour performed reading).

Caryl Churchill will intorduce her powerful 10-minute play about Gaza Seven Jewish Children, which will include some of the cast members from its Royal Court premiere in February 2009.

"dense, beautiful, elusive and intentionally indeterminate. It's disturbing, it's provocative, but appropriately so given the magnitude of the calamity it entails." Playwright Tony Kushner and Alisa Solomon.

The second play, The Trainer explores the love story between a British Jew, Josh, and his Palestinian fiancée, Taghreed, who works in a gentlemen's gym. Their story is interwoven with the bankrupting of composer, Keith Burstein, who was accused of "glorifying terrorism" in his opera, Manifest Destiny. The Trainer casts a sly, satiric look at the absurdity of many of the UK's terror laws. This eclectic, contemporary drama uses a multimedia approach with excerpts from Manifest Destiny, film footage and TV interviews with a terrorism "expert". You will laugh and cry about the savagery and stupidity of the times we are living in. The star cast includes Janie Dee, fresh from her starring role in Alan Ayckbourn's A Woman in Mind at the Vaudeville and Roger Lloyd Pack, "Trigger" from Only Fools and Horses. Corin Redgrave, who appeared at the first sold-out rehearsed reading in March said, "The Trainer takes the scandal of an artist bankrupted by the state . . . and brilliantly exposes the threat to our freedoms and civil liberties."

Also appearing on the bill will be renowned Palestinian singer, Reem Kelani, rap poet Lowkey and ex-SAS soldier Ben Griffin who will read from the Winter Soldier Investigation into the Vietnam war. The benefit will be introduced by Tony Benn and directed by Tom Platten.

"David and Anne Aylor's play makes a surreal case for less government interference in our lives and an emotional plea for peace, love and understanding." Tim Pigott-Smith

"The Gaza Music school must be re-built so the children will again have a place to sing, dance and make music." David Wilson, former Director, Pavarotti Music Centre, Mostar, Bosnia

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This show finished on: 21 May 2009

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