Seven Other Children

Seven Other Children – flyer [PDF]

Seven Other Children

A theatrical response to ‘Seven Jewish Children’ by Richard Stirling

5 – 16 May 2009, Tuesday – Saturday at 9.50pm

New End Theatre

27 New End, Hampstead, London NW3 1JD

For two weeks only at the New End Theatre, Hampstead, Evergreen Theatrical Productions Ltd presents the fully staged premiere of Seven Other Children, author and actor Richard Stirling’s eight-minute theatrical response to Caryl Churchill’s Seven Jewish Children, seen in February at the Royal Court Theatre.

Using Churchill’s format, the content of which sparked such anger, Stirling’s play provides necessary context to the debate. The incomplete narrative of Churchill’s declared “political event” was taken by Stirling, a non-Jew, to demand a response, particularly in the light of Royal Court artistic director Dominic Cook’s statement that no balance is required: “Are A Doll’s House or King Lear fair?”

Admission to Seven Other Children, as with Caryl Churchill’s piece, is free

Performances last less than ten minutes

Advance booking for all performances is required

Please telephone the dedicated booking line – 020 7592 9666 – and leave a clear message with your name, telephone number, dates and ticket requirements

The play follows nightly performances of the New End Theatre’s One Act Play Festival

The tragedy of the situation in Gaza is anything but one-sided or sectarian ‘Seven Other Children’ is written not in its own right, but to show a dimension overlooked by recent plays on the subject: the tragedy of the Palestinian child as victim of a distorted education about Israel, and the crescendo of hate that continues to grow.

A charitable collection will be made at the end of the performance in support of OneVoice, the international mainstream grassroots movement that puts pressure on politicians of both sides to conclude a two-state solution guaranteeing an end to occupation and violence.

Seven Other Children – flyer [PDF]

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Two on the Z-Word

David Hare begins his latest monologue on reasons for Israel to take down its security barrier (only he calls it a wall) with an appeal to “be serious” and “think about this”. Not a moment too soon, David. He progresses through an interesting and worthwhile piece with occasional appeals for coolness, while relieving himself of a number of superfluous observations within which are buried some atrocious little sentences. Jews should have learned from 2000 years of suffering (that shameful, derelict point about persecution-as-education). Tel Aviv looks like Florida (what could be worse). And “you wouldn’t be very nice if you lived under permanent siege” – this is provoking, but we have to be cool, he says, so since we’re called upon to put ourselves in Hamas’ shoes, it occurs to me to wonder whether I would have got myself into the predicament of a siege. While Hare is probably right, Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood have been violent and hateful for a long time and fearful Israelis deserve more empathy from people like Hare.

Eamonn responds on Z-Word blog.

Also on Z-Word blog, Jonathan Hoffman reviews the BBC’s finding that its Middle East Editor Jeremy Bowen failed to meet guidelines on impartiality and accuracy. Considering it’s well understood that Israeli military operations are the occasion for spikes in antisemitic activity in Britain, accuracy and impartiality are important in BBC reports. David T comments on Jeremy Bowen’s defenders in The Independent.