One Jewish Boy

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A MESSED-UP BITTERSWEET TALE OF INHERITED TRAUMA, THE MIRACLE OF CHANUKAH, RAGING ANTI-SEMITISM, THE END OF YOUTH AND STAYING IN LOVE…

 And then he kicked me…
… told me Hitler was right….
… smacked me with the chain and called me a dirty fucking Jew.

ONE JEWISH BOY runs at the Old Red Lion from 11 Dec – 5 Jan.
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Jesse is paranoid and he’s frightened and it’s messing up his relationship, his job, his daughter and his life, but Jesse has every reason to be frightened. From his next door neighbour and the micro-aggressions around why she would vote for Corbyn but could never support Blair, to the dinner party where his slightly left of him liberal mates can’t quite grasp the difference between Likkudy foreign policy and the position of diaspora Jews. From his own wife and an argument about a hypothetical circumcision to a vicious attack in the park that brought them together… Jesse is feeling the sting of rising prejudice in every part of his life.

Anti-Semitism rears its ugly head in a horrific way every 70-or so years, the last time it killed 6 million Jews, the time before that it resulted in their complete expulsion from eastern Europe – and with a 34% rise in violent assaults against Jewish people in the last year alone, Jesse can’t bear to think where we’ll end up this time.

Not with a 9-month-old daughter to protect.

ONE JEWISH BOY explores key moments over a nine-year relationship between a nice, Jewish boy from North London and the nice, not-so-Jewish woman he falls for. With the shadow of hatred festering at its core, the play is a bittersweet comedy fuelled by anti-Semitism. Told out of chronology, it focusses on those filthy, ugly words that were kicked into Jesse – asking if the fear of hatred, could be even worse than hate itself…

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Creatives 

Jesse – Robert Neumark-Jones
Alex – Asha Reid
Director – Sarah Meadows
Producer – Ed Littlewood
Associate Producer – Liv Edmunds
Designer – Georgia de Grey
Lighting Designer – Lucy Adams
Composer – Benedict Taylor
Stage Manager – Heather Christie
Assistant Director – Katerina Constantinidou