Conceived, directed and performed by Oliver James Hymans
Co-conceived and directed by Liat Rosenthal
Produced by Eye Spy Arts
Performed at the following venues:
The Place, London, 2011 (part of RESOLUTION! Festival)
The Pleasance Theatre, London, 2011 (SUSPENCE London Puppetry Festival)
Wawrick Arts Centre, Warwick, 2011 (Limmud Festival)
Burnt Mill School, Harlow, Essex, 2012
The Little Angel Theatre, London, 2012
Rich Mix, London 2013 (part of Jewish East End Extravaganza)
The Brook Theatre, Medway, Kent, 2013
Harrow Arts Centre, Harrow, London, 2013
Kindly supported using public funding by Arts Council England and funding from the Unity Theatre Trust.
JEW(ish) is a thought provoking work of theatre centered on an individual’s search for his cultural identity. Eye Spy Arts – theatre makers Liat Rosenthal and Oliver James Hymans – presented a reworking of their celebrated theatre performance at the SUSPENSE London Puppetry Festival 2011 – the award-winning puppetry festival produced by The Little Angel Theatre.
The performance weaves together an imagined Jewish heritage with real family oral histories, stories and memories. Traveling from shtetl to city, from past to present, and from the personal to the political, Jew(ish) explores cultural identity and the sense of belonging.
“A little diaspora of Jewish sights and sounds…that brim with ideas and emotions that could speak for anyone.”
Sanjay Roy, Guardian Critic
"Beautiful scenographic images..."
Eleanor Sikorski, RESOLUTION! Festival Critic
"...an absorbing and thought-provoking show brought to life by one person, in this case the energetic and talented Oliver James Hymans via a combination of puppetry, dramatic monologue, and physical performance.."
Colin Myer, Cartoon Kippah.