Ben Uri celebrates its 1a>remarkable centenary this month1b>. One hundred years of the Jewish community in London from July 1, 1915 seen through the eyes and art of principally émigré artists, predominantly Jewish. First, they were forced to flee from the Russian Pale and East Europe and then, 50 years later, from Nazi-occupied Central Europe to Britain.
The Green Room at the Royal Shakespeare Company's rehearsal studios in Stratford-upon-Avon was an interesting place last week. This is where actors hang out until they are needed in rehearsal. Some pore over their lines, lips moving as they read. Others chat, joke, eat, drink coffee and eat packed lunches.
Jackie Mason, the legendary Jewish comedian, might be 83 years old, but he's still much in demand. Three years after undertaking his Farewell Tour on these shores, he is about to embark on a week-long residency at London's Adelphi Theatre, under the quaint title of Ready To Rumble, with brand new material and a familiar agenda: to prick our pretensions and expose our hypocrisies.
My children Nathalie, Nicky and Alex, grew up with exciting stories about the fun-loving witches Molly and Bolly, who travelled from London to the Lake District sowing mischief wherever they worked. Blonde-haired Molly and black-haired Bolly were the creatures of my imagination. My husband, Oded, would even tiptoe into the children's bedroom and listen to the stories, spellbound.
It is one of the quintessential Jewish roles of musical theatre — Tevye, in Fiddler On The Roof — and, this summer, for a season at the Grange Park Opera in Hampshire, the part of the impoverished milkman in pre-revolutionary Russia is being played by Bryn Terfel, the world-renowned opera singer, who is a) manifestly Welsh and b) not remotely Jewish.
Every new Stasha art exhibition includes among its works a paint-spattered pair of Timberland boots. She buys new ones each time she starts on a series of paintings and then, once the collection is complete, hangs them somewhere in the gallery alongside the art. They've become a sort of trademark.