Jews. In their own words – a chance to speak up

When the name Hershel Fink was given to the character of a morally bankrupt non-Jewish billionaire in a play at the Royal Court last year, there was an outcry from Jews, an admission by the theatre of unconscious bias and a last-second change (to Henry Finn). Putting on Jews. In Their Own Words. is an act of atonement by the theatre and its artistic director, Vicky Featherstone – who co-directs alongside Audrey Sheffield – and a plea to make the antisemitism stop.

For this verbatim drama, an idea pioneered by Tracy-Ann Oberman, Guardian journalist Jonathan Freedland interviewed 12 Jews, and seven actors channel their characters. A big appeal is that most of the interviewees are public figures. Helpfully – because the actors are in their own clothes throughout, though they…

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