STC does Churchill ~ theatre notes

Thursday, March 12, 2009

STC does Churchill

The Sydney Theatre Company is presenting a reading of Caryl Churchill's controversial short play Seven Jewish Children: A Play for Gaza. Approximately ten minutes in length, the play is Churchill’s response to the situation in Gaza, written in January 2009. It caused a widespread media furore when it was first performed in February at the Royal Court Theatre, London.

Seven Jewish Children will be presented as a free rehearsed reading on Sunday, March 22 at 7pm at Sydney Theatre Company’s Wharf 1, immediately following the evening’s scheduled performance of The Removalists by David Williamson in the same theatre. Ian Sinclair will direct the reading, but casting is still to be confirmed.

Previous productions of Churchill's work by the STC have included Far Away, directed by Benedict Andrews, Top Girls directed by Melissa Bruce and Serious Money directed by Simon Phillips. The event is part of the Company’s Back Stage program, including play readings, ‘meet the artist’ forums, pre-show briefings and back stage tours.

The reading is a free, unticketed event with entry on a first-come first-served basis. And it also gives me an excellent excuse to point to David Jays' meticulous close reading of the text, Practical criticism: reading without prejudice, on Performance Monkey.


Anonymous said...

Thanks for the pointer to Practical Criticism. A bit undergraduate, but any close reading is something...
Why not Seven 'Jewish' Children. The reaction to this, by everyone, is so deeply infantile it's cause for weeping.

Alison Croggon said...

Hi Anon - Jays makes his own apologia on his method. At least it engages the text rather than a whole lot of assumptions... and if the responses are infantile, how about some grown up commentary to lead the way?

jape said...

The Guardian has just posted a video of the Royal Court reading. It's here: