BEDFORDSHIRE

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THEATRE

Tuesday 11 June

Does My Bomb Look Big in This?

Writer/performer Nyla Levy presents her fiercely funny and provocative play. Levy’s father is a Jewish Canadian and her mother a Pakistani Muslim, so she’ll be recounting her experience of the racism she encountered growing up mixed race, and as an actor cast in roles like ‘jihadi bride’ or ‘terrorist’s girlfriend’, to the story of Yasmin and loyal best friend Aisha, the latter of whom embarks on a mission to uncover the truth when Yasmin suddenly disappears to Syria. Contains strong language; suitable for ages 14+. Read our review of the show on the JR blog.

7.30pm. £5. Luton Libraries, LU1 2NG. http://lutonculture.com

BUCKINGHAMSHIRE

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COMEDY

Wednesday 19 June

Ashley Blaker and Imran Yusuf: Prophet Sharing

Two great religions, two great comedians. The descendants of Abraham may have gone their separate ways, but now stand-up comedy pals Ashley Blaker and Imran Yusuf are joining forces in an unlikely double act. Originally brought together by a passion for the same football team, the pair is now travelling the UK, uniting people of every faith or none in an evening of laughter. Read our interview with both comedians in the Apr 2019 issue of JR.

8pm. £18. The Stables, Milton Keynes, MK17 8LU. www.ashleyblaker.com/uktour

CORNWALL 

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Penlee House Gallery & Museum, Penzance

Albert Reuss in Mousehole: The Artist As Refugee

Born in Vienna, Albert Reuss (1889-1975) fled to England in 1938 to escape Nazi persecution, losing family, possessions and his reputation as an artist. In 1948 he moved to Mousehole, Cornwall, where he continued to work as an artist, but his style changed dramatically, reflecting the trauma he had suffered. See a selection of them here. This event is part of Insiders/Outsiders festival, which you can read more about in the Jan 2019 issue of JR.
Until 26 April

TR18 4HE. www.penleehouse.org.uk

ART

CUMBRIA 

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Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal

Refuge: The Art of Belonging

A look into the artists who entered Britain as a result of Nazi occupation alongside a community project exploring the lives of refugees living in Cumbria, from Kurt Schwitters to Lucian Freud. This event is part of Insiders/Outsiders festival, which you can read more about in the Jan 2019 issue of JR.
Until 29 June

LA9 5AL. 015 3972 2464. www.abbothall.org.uk

ART

DEVON

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THEATRE

GLOUCESTERSHIRE 

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Theatre

Until Saturday 31 August

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

A new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s multi-award-winning musical heads out on a tour of the UK. Featuring songs that have gone on to become pop and musical theatre standards, including ‘Any Dream Will Do’ and ‘Go Go Go Joseph’.

Times vary. £20-£35. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham, GL50 1HQ. www.kenwright.com/portfolio/joseph-and-the-technicolor-dreamcoat

HAMPSHIRE 

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THEATRE

Tuesday 4 June

Rediscovering the King of Lampedusa

A celebration of the 75th anniversary of the renowned Yiddish play, Der Kenig Fun Lampeduse (The King of Lampedusa). Presented by the Parkes Institute for the Study of Jewish/Non-Jewish Relations, University of Southampton, the event will feature a rehearsed reading of excerpts from Heather Valencia’s translation of the text and a performance of recently discovered music from the original score, rearranged for string quartet. There will also be talks to contextualise and explore the significance of the play.

6.30pm. £3, £1 students. NST City, Nuffield Southampton Theatre, SO14 7DU. www.nstheatres.co.uk/city

HERTFORDSHIRE

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COMEDY

Wednesday 22 May

Ashley Blaker and Imran Yusuf: Prophet Sharing

Two great religions, two great comedians. The descendants of Abraham may have gone their separate ways, but now stand-up comedy pals Ashley Blaker and Imran Yusuf are joining forces in an unlikely double act. Originally brought together by a passion for the same football team, the pair is now travelling the UK, uniting people of every faith or none in an evening of laughter. Read our interview with both comedians in the Apr 2019 issue of JR.

7.30pm. £20. The Radlett Centre, WD7 8HL. www.ashleyblaker.com/uktour

IRELAND

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TALKS

Monday 1 July

Hebrew, Hummus and the Holy Land

Israeli chef, author and TV food personality Gil Hovav discusses Jerusalem, food and family. Plus, as the grandson of Hebrew lexicographer Eliezer Ben-Yehuda, he will also talk about keeping the Hebrew language alive.

7.30pm. Contact for prices and venue. Dublin. chair@jicr.ie

LANCASHIRE

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Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool

Artist Rooms: Roy Lichtenstein

A body of work by one of the greatest American Jewish pop artists of the 20th century, Roy Lichtenstein. Featuring more than 20 paintings spanning his career from the 1960s to the 1990s.
Until 7 September

FY1 1PU. 01253 478 170. www.grundyartgallery.com

ART

NORFOLK

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THEATRE 

Thursday 18 – Saturday 20 October

Medusa

A 20th anniversary dance piece from the Jasmin Vardimon Company. Created on the coast of Barcelona and inspired by its marine life, Medusa examines the gendered historical significance of the myth, the symbolism of Medusa and the philosophical idea of ‘reflection’.

6.30pm (Thu) & 7.30pm (Fri-Sat). £12, £9 concs. DanceEast, Ipswich, IP4 1DW. http://jasminvardimon.com 


Saturday 20 October

Esther Rantzen: That's Life

A celebration of Dame Esther Rantzen’s 50th year in broadcasting. The award-winning broadcaster, philanthropist and campaigner announces her debut live UK tour, which will see her and her daughter – the presenter and journalist Rebecca Wilcox – take a look back at their illustrious careers, as well as offering up a candid insight into their family and personal life.

8pm. £22.50. Norwich Playhouse, NR3 1AB. www.dameestherrantzen.com

NORTHAMPTONSHIRE

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TALKS

Tuesday 11 December

The Zoroastrians: Beliefs and Practices

A talk by Malcolm Deboo of the Zoroastrian Trust Funds of Europe.

7.30pm. FREE. Victoria Centre, Wellingborough, NN8 1HR. info@wellingboroughinterfaith.org

OXFORDSHIRE

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TALKS

Sunday 14 & Monday 15 July

Musica Judaica Conference

A two-day conference to investigate Jewish Music in European Ashkenazi cultures, from the early 19th century until the Shoah. Explore the interdependence, interference and interconnectivity of oral and written traditions. Booking essential via registrar@ochjs.ac.uk.

1.30-9pm (Sun), 9am-5pm (Mon). FREE. Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, OX1 2HG. www.ochjs.ac.uk

SOMERSET 

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THEATRE

 

Until Saturday 3 August

Vienna 1934 – Munich 1938

In the late-1930s, actor Michael Redgrave became close friends with the poet Stephen Spender. Through notebooks, journals and memoirs, as well as Spender’s poems, multi-award-winning actor (and daughter of Michael) Vanessa Redgrave discovers the hopes and fears of a generation that confronted the rise of fascism in Europe. Among these was the German writer, Thomas Mann. As Spender’s love and respect for a young American woman, Muriel Gardiner, grew deeper, he and his secretary Tony Hyndman assisted her in obtaining false visas and passports for Jews and their families to escape from fascist Austria. Written, devised and performed by Vanessa, the play highlights the affectionate and intimate thoughts of individuals during these years of political and social disaster.

7.15pm, 2.30pm (Sat only). £38.50, £31.50 concs. Theatre Royal Bath, BA1 1ET. www.theatreroyal.org.uk

WORCESTERSHIRE

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Sunday 10 February

Midwives of Freedom

Fundamental to the story of Moses are the stories of several women, connected to each other across the divides of status, ethnicity and faith, bound together in a conspiracy for freedom. Adele Moss and Jumana Moon tell Midwives of Freedom: a Jewish-Muslim storytelling piece exploring the lives and legacies of these women.

3pm. £10 adults, £5 children (12+). Elmslie House, Malvern, WR14 3AG. brownwolfe2@gmail.com. www.eventbrite.co.uk.

BOOKS & POETRY

AREA NAME HERE 

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Tuesday 13 – Monday 26 November

UK Jewish Film Festival

The UKJFF celebrates its 22nd anniversary this year, showcasing many world, European and UK premieres of new features, documentaries and shorts. Highlights include US comedy Humor Me, about a Jewish playwright whose life goes south, leading him to move into his father’s retirement home (13 Nov) and Itzhak, about Israeli virtuosic violinist Itzhak Perlman (26 Nov). Read our reviews of some of the festival highlights in the Oct 2018 issue of JR.

7.30pm. Prices and Leeds venues vary. http://ukjewishfilm.org

Film

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TALKS

Monday 5 November

Notable Leeds Jews

A lecture by Michael Meadowcroft for the Jewish Historical Society of England.

8pm. FREE. United Hebrew Congregation Synagogue, Leeds, LS17 8DW. 011 3318 6403. https://jhse.org 

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THEATRE

Wednesday 17 October

Gay and Friends

Play reading.

7.30pm. £3 (inc. refreshments). Kingfield Synagogue, Sheffield, S11 8UX. sheffieldsjcc@gmail.com