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Antisemitism – A New (((musical))) About Old Tropes Event

Antisemitism - A New (((Musical)))
28 April 2022
Turner Sims Concert Hall

For more information regarding this event, please email Clodagh Owens at .

Event details

The University of Southampton’s Parkes Institute for the study of Jewish Non-Jewish Relations and the Music Department are pleased to invite you to a work-in-progress performance of Antisemitism – a new (((musical))) about old tropes; an outrageous show about shifting privilege and mistaken-identity-politics. The play was written and composed by a Parkes outreach fellow and PhD student, Uri Agnon and the performance will mark the end of an eight-day workshop on the piece. Admission is FREE. All audience members must book a ticket. There will be a drinks reception following the event at Turner Sims.

About the show:

Narrated by a pair of bickering storytellers, Antisemitism follows a Jewish Israeli’s first 24 hours in the UK. During a string of absurd encounters with characters as varied as a young migrant woman, George Bernard Shaw, and a pair of boomer kidnappers who mistakenly believe they’ve captured Uri Geller for ransom, the nameless protagonist is forced to reevaluate what he thought he knew about antisemitism, Jewishness and identity. This quick-paced political satire combines dry multi-layered humour with the musical influences of Bernstein, Weill, Schoenberg, and Sondheim to tackle one of the most explosive discourses in British politics. Bringing together Jewish and non-Jewish creatives and audiences, Antisemitism – a new (((musical))) about old tropes bridges communities and espouses a nuanced, fierce, depiction of antisemitism from the perspective of the eternal outsider/insider: the wandering Jew.

The performance will be followed by a Q&A with the creative team, chaired by Parkes PhD student Joseph Finlay.

Creative Team:

Words and music: Uri Agnon
Director: Emma Jude Harris
Dramaturgy: Chalk Dramaturgy
Musical director: Amir Shoenfeld
Cast: David Djemal, Michal Ish-Horowicz, Molly Lynch
Clarinet: Mary Tyler
Pre recorded singing: Peter Falconer

The workshop is supported by the Parkes Institute for Jewish non-Jewish Relations in the University of Southampton, Arts Council England and JW3 .

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