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We are looking for Participants : ‘One Lost Stone’ Performance 05. 07. 2020

‘One Lost Stone’

We are looking for Participants:

Site-Responsive Heritage Arts Performance Project & Installation

05. 07. 2020

Novo Cemetery,
Queen Mary University London Campus               
Mile End Road


We are looking for volunteer performers, musicians, researchers, historians, artists & enthusiasts of all ages to join us in this exciting heritage arts project .

Rehearsals for the contemplative artistic guided tour ‘One Lost Stone’ will happen in London up to July 2020. We are exploring the histories of Sephardic Jews in Britain around the NOVO CEMETERY in London. The hidden history of the Sephardi Jews in England still has traces in the Novo Cemetery in the grounds of Queen Mary University, London. Following the 1492 expulsion of Jews from what is now Spain, Sephardim settled chiefly around the Mediterranean basin, notably in the Ottoman Empire.  Many also converted outwardly to Catholicism, while secretly practicing Judaism. Some of these crypto-Jews settled in England in the middle of the 17th century, and laid the basis for a Sephardi community that came to affirm their Judaism openly again. Sephardim arrived on this island speaking Spanish and Portuguese and cooking Mediterranean style. They also brought their own Spanish, Portuguese, and Arab musical heritage. Using original archival material,poetry, sound and visuals we will reveal and activate a forgotten legacy and explore the subtle re-establishment of Jewish life in England.

Produced by Julia Pascal & Susannah Kraft  Levene                   

Event Director: Thomas Kampe                                           

Assistant Director: Matthew Emeny

Set & Costume: Lesley Lightfoot

Sound & Music: Ronen Kozokaro

Production Manager & Technical Director: Jules Deering

Videography: Mark Norfolk & Yaron Lapid

COST:  Workshops & rehearsals are free (you don’t have to be able to attend all of them; there will be some support for travel expenses)

Workshop dates

You do not have to be available at all dates – this is negotiable

Rehearsal Intensive: 01/06 – 07/06/2020 QMUL  London 

Production week: 29/06 – 04/07 2020 QMUL London

05/07/2020 Performance & Installation Event: QMUL London]

We will also run the odd Sunday workshop between now and June

Enquiries & Enrolment :

For Performance volunteer workshops ‘ONE LOST STONE’ contact

t.kampe@bathspa.ac.uk or matthew.emeny93@gmail.com

All other enquiries and workshops of the project                                                                     

‘DISCOVERING AND DOCUMENTING ENGLAND’S LOST JEWS’  

pascaltheatrecompany@gmail.com      

Pascal Theatre Company explores contemporary life through theatre, film, new writing and radical re-interpretations of the classics. The Company’s work features site-specific heritage events as well as drama workshops. We engage with diverse communities by reaching out to those marginalised in society through the productions and an Education Programme. The Heritage Lottery Fund is supporting this major learning project where volunteers will research archives and learn interviewing techniques to prepare a legacy for future generations.

Pascal Theatre Company is working with Bevis Marks Synagogue, Manchester Jewish Museum, Bath Spa University and Queen Mary University of London with an Educational Programme linked to the project continuing throughout 2019 and 2020.

More about One Lost Stone

CONFIDENCE WORKS!

FREE workshops delivered by professional theatre practitioners and educational trainers to help you progress in to education or work.

We will help you speak confidently at interviews and assist with job applications and cvs.

We are holding FREE WORKSHOPS for people over 18 who have the right to live and work in the UK and who are not currently employed.

Our workshops are tailored to help those who find it hard to get a job: older people; refugees; some BAME communities; disabled people, young people, carers. 

Workshops are held over two weeks in small groups offering individual support. These will be offered from 

10am-noon at a Central London location on the following dates.

April 21, 22, 23, 28, 29, 30.

Come and meet us at St Pancras Library or be in touch at pascaltheatrecompany@gmail.com

OUR MEETING IS

Date/time:   10-12   Friday 2 April   2020.

Address of venue:  Pancras Square Library  5 Pancras Square, London N1C 4AG . Inside the Library look for ‘Confidence Works’.

There will be a second phase of free workshops May 28.29,30.

Website: www.pascal-theatre.com

Phone: 07494426572

Email:  pascaltheatrecompany@gmail.com

Research Volunteers Needed for Discovering & Documenting England’s Lost Jews

Are you curious? Are you well organised? Are you interested in undertaking research? Would you like to contribute to our project?

Discovering & Documenting England’s Lost Jews delves into the heritage of the Sephardim who have settled in this country since the 17th century. A vital part of our project focuses on researching aspects of this exciting history. We will be looking into key political events of an English state turned upside down by Oliver Cromwell at a time of fervent religious debate.

Questions we will ask are what was it like to be a Sephardi Jew – secretly or openly – in a country that had known no Jews for centuries? What did the Jews find in England? What did the English make of the Jews who arrived? What did the Jews bring with them to the host society? What language did the Jews speak when they fled persecution by the Catholic Inquisition? And we need your help to find the answers.

We will explore how the Jewish communities, who trickled in to England, gradually led to their acceptance as citizens.  Elements of our research will be fed in to our site-specific performance One Lost Stone on 22 September at Novo Cemetery. Our discoveries will also inform our programme of educational workshops.

Our drama workshop at Bevis Marks Synagogue in February 2019 exploring the English history taught in many schools and the significant dates and events included in historical timelines.

Eight historical moments are key to our research:

  1. Historical antecedent: the expulsion of Jews from England in 1290.
  2. The Sephardi exodus: expulsion and departure of Jews from Spain and Portugal at the end of the 15th century.
  3. The tiny community of secret Jews (crypto-Jews) in England during the 16th and earlier 17th centuries.
  4. The circumstances around the re-admittance of Jews in the 1650s.
  5. The slow growth of the Sephardi community following re-admittance, in the second half of the 17th century.
  6. The Jewish Naturalisation Act 1753, and its subsequent repeal.
  7. Sephardi Jews prominent in 19th century British society.
  8. The 20th century wave of ‘new’ Sephardi immigration.

If you are interested in volunteering or would like to know more about this, please contact Stéphane Goldstein, at stephane@lostjews.org.uk.