Shul's Fringe attraction

By Adam Henderson, September 9, 2013
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One of the Edinburgh Festival’s enduring traditions is an open day at the city’s Orthodox synagogue featuring stars from the shows.

This year was the ninth staging and the audience of 150 people enjoyed a varied bill. There was Jane Arnfield in The Tin Ring — a play about Shoah survivor Zdenka Fantlova — Confessions Of A Rabbi’s Daughter by Emily Rose and American comedian Al Lubel’s Mentally Al.

Writer and producer David Neville and fellow Edinburgh Hebrew Congregation members organised the day. The audience included visiting groups from Glasgow, among them a party of more than 40 from Newton Mearns Synagogue organised by Paul Shafar.

“It was a great day, very enjoyable,” Mr Shafar said. “There’s a real mix of music, comedy and theatre. At the end they’re interviewed by David [Neville]. I really liked Al Lubel, who is on American television. A lot of the acts have been here in previous years so it was nice to see something new.”

Last updated: 9:45am, September 9 2013