Seven Other Children

Opens tonight

Tickets are free: 020 7592 9666 – leave a clear message with your name, telephone number, dates and ticket requirements

New End Theatre from 5–16 May.  Starting at 9.50 pm.   If you are Jewish, please bring a friend who isn’t.

“Written as a theatrical response to Seven Jewish Children, which as you know caused such disquiet and anger at the Royal Court Theatre in February, my eight-minute play matches Caryl Churchill’s format and vernacular but seeks to provide the necessary context to the debate.

We hope that you will be able to see the fully staged Seven Other Children at the New End Theatre, Hampstead during its two-week run in early May (all tickets free and only bookable in advance). We should also be most grateful if you would spread the word, in whatever way you can, about its forthcoming production.

Yours sincerely,
Richard Stirling”

10 Responses to “Seven Other Children”

  1. zkharya Says:

    Any reviews of 7 Other Jewish Children yet?

  2. Isy Says:

    Is it possible to obtain the script like in 7 Jewish children?

  3. James Mendelsohn Says:

    will the Guardian be producing the play?

  4. zkharya Says:

    Here’s a review from the JC:

    John Nathan
    May 7, 2009

    New End Theatre, London NW3

    Actor and playwright Richard Stirling’s 10-minute theatrical response holds up a mirror to the 10-minutes of Caryl Churchill’s now famous, some would say infamous, Seven Jewish Children.

    Stirling’s play, directed by Simone Vause, reflects much of the structure, speech patterns and rhythms of the piece that caused so much controversy when it was staged by the Royal Court in London in February (I myself regarded Seven Jewish Children as antisemitic). And, like any reflective surface, it gives a reversed image of the original.

    As with Churchill’s play at the Royal Court, this work is performed by nine actors and each scene is set within a period of modern history. But whereas the original begins with the Holocaust and ends with Israel’s attack on Gaza last year, Stirling’s timespan is between 1947 and the present day.

    The perspective, however, is Palestinian, not Jewish. This time it is Palestinian adults who thrash out what version of the truth about the Israeli/Palestinian conflict should be revealed to an unseen child.

    And this time, the child is a Palestinian “him” rather than a Jewish “her”. As a result, the repeated refrain is “Ask him…” as opposed to Churchill’s “Tell her…”

    Stirling, who is not Jewish, has said that the focus of his riposte to Churchill’s work is the “distorted education of many Palestinians about Israel, Israelis and Jews”.

    “Ask him if he understands the Naqba” (the Arab word for the “disaster” of Israel’s establishment), says one adult in his play. “Ask him what they do with children’s blood,” asks another.

    Where education becomes propaganda and where propaganda becomes a downright lie is a worthy subject for any drama about the Middle East. And I understand Stirling’s motivation to respond to Churchill with a play in kind.

    But the danger of holding a mirror up to a work whose content you find offensive, is that you end up replicating distortions rather than opposing them.

    And if one of my complaints about Churchill’s play was that the playwright, a non-Jew, implicated all Jews in her criticism of Israel, then the same point must surely apply to Stirling, a non-Palestinian whose play, it would appear, represents the attitudes of all Palestinians, even though Palestinians are conspicuously absent from his title.

    One member of the audience suggested to me that the two pieces should be staged together, which might raise the level of the debate. But it appears that debate is not the Royal Court’s priority.

    Before Stirling’s piece was performed, the cast read out his letter of complaint about Churchill’s play sent to the Royal Court’s artistic director Dominic Cooke. But permission to read Cooke’s reply has been withheld by the Royal Court, with a threat that it would sue.


    Tel: 0870 033 2733

  5. victor feldman Says:

    hi richard…can you send a copy to ‘rough magic theatre company,’ artistic director is lynn parker…they performed churchhills rant!..
    they are a well known irish theatre company…muzzle tov
    victor feldman

  6. Jonathan Says:

    The script of 7OC will soon be on a website. In the meantime email me if you want it.

  7. Deborah Stone Says:

    I am the research director of the Anti-Defamation Commission in Australia. I’d like to get hold of a script with a view to holding a reading. Please send me a copy and the copyright requirements. Thank you

  8. zkharya Says:

    Jonathan, I’d like a copy. How do I email you?

  9. Mark McCollum Says:

    I would appreciate if you could forward me a copy of the script to new play. I run a theatre company in Ireland, on the border and and interrested in contrasting the two works.

    kindest regards

    Mark McCollum

  10. Rohan Maloy Says:

    How do I obtain performance rights for Seven Other Children?

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