The Dybbuk

Written and directed by Julia Pascal

Dybbuk: the soul of someone who has died too early

The Dybbuk is a modern play inspired by Solomon Anski’s great Yiddish classic. Pascal’s Dybbuk starts in Germany where Judith, a British atheist Jew, looks at today’s Germany and feels that Hitler has won. Judith is haunted by thoughts of her lost family and this leads her in to a dream world haunted by ghosts – or dybbuks.

She imagines a ghetto somewhere in Eastern Europe where five non-religious Jews live their final day before transportation to Auschwitz. In this ghetto, the five Jews argue, discuss cabbala, love, sex and death, relate fragments of their lives, play out half remembered scenes from the myth of The Dybbuk (which inspired Anski) and dream of full bellies.

The actual Dybbuk myth is encapsulated in a play world which the Jews walk in and out of, where finally the possession of the young girl’s body by the spirit of her dead lover, is evoked in a four minute Expressionist dance.

Performed At:

The Dybbuk premiered in London at the New End Theatre, Hampstead in July 1992, then the Lillian Bayliss Theatre.
Since 1992

It has played in Munich at the festival of Jewish Theatre, at Maubege’s International Theatre Festival,
in Poland (British Council tour), Sweden, Belgium and a major British regional tour.

The Dybbuk is part of THE HOLOCAUST TRILOGY and is published by Oberon books

Images In Performance:

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and more recently in New York during rehearsals:
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Reviews:

“It reveals a genuine imaginative flair…”
The Guardian

“…as spine-tingling as anything you’ll see in the theatre this year”
The Independent

“Ms Pascal’s production is a piece of total theatre”
Evening Standard

“… one of the most remarkable pieces of theatre I have ever seen”
Plays and Players

Credits:

Director: Julia Pascal
Choreography and Design: Thomas Kampe
Lighting: Ian Watts
Sound: Colin Brown
Original Music: Kyla Greenbaum