– Reading of “Seven Jewish Children” by Caryl Churchill staged by Elena Nevezhina with MHAT School-Studio students
In January 2009 Caryl Churchill wrote a short (10 minute) play “Seven Jewish Children”. The play was her personal response to the conflict in Gaza.
Despite the title, no children appear in the play. Instead adults argue with each other, their words are contradictive, they desperately try to find the answers.
The play opened at the Royal Court Theatre on 11 February 2009 but you could not buy a ticket. No tickets were sold deliberately and instead a collection was taken for humanitarian aid.
Caryl Churchill decided not to charge for rights and offered it free of charge for any theatre who wished to stage the play.
“Seven Jewish Children” has been recently translated by Tatiana Oskolkova, an author of Russian translations of such Churchill’s plays as “Number” and “Top Girls”.
The director of the play is Elena Nevezhina, a prominent Russian theatre director famous for her “Jacque and his Master” in “Satirikon”, staging in Chekhov MHAT (Moscow Art Theatre), the Tabakov’s Theatre and the Riga’s theatre of Russian Drama.
Guests of the Moscow book festival will see the staging at first hand.