Norm’s Seven Themes for Caryl Churchill

From Norm, this review of Caryl Churchill’s play, Seven Jewish Children.

“1.

Tell them it’s a play
Tell them it’s serious
But don’t enlighten them
Tighten them
Put some night in them.
Tell it in the voice of Jews
Tell it only in the voice of Jews
That way any bad thought will be the thought of Jews
(Like that ‘they’ don’t understand anything except violence)
And any thought ascribed to others will be ascribed by Jews
And not necessarily true
And maybe just an excuse
(Like that there are still people who hate Jews)
And any bad deed ascribed to others will be merely ascribed by Jews
(Like that ‘they’ set off bombs in cafés)
And ascribed maybe as a pretext.”

Read on.

See also: The Eighth Jewish Child and Why Jacqueline Rose Is Not Right.

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