Edinburgh Festival

Review: Simon Amstell: Numb

By Lee Levitt, August 24, 2012

I came out of Simon Amstell's postmodern take on stand-up comedy rather numb. Not comfortably numb, to borrow from Pink Floyd, but uncomfortably numb.

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Karen's Way: A Kindertransport Life

By Lee Levitt, August 22, 2012

Karen Gershon, the German-born writer and poet, was sent to England as a 15-year-old with her elder sister Lise on the second of the kindertransports in December 1938, after kristallnacht and the wider attacks on the Jews.

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Review: Ghetto

By Lee Levitt, August 22, 2012

Taking on a play about the Holocaust is no easy task, so The Theatre School of Tunbridge Wells in Kent is to be commended for its artistic endeavour in tackling Joshua Sobol's controversial drama.

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Review: Hand Over Fist

By Lee Levitt, August 22, 2012

Dave Florez's poignant monologue about lost love and Alzheimer's is given a transfixing performance by Joanna Bending in this mind-blowing new play, pacily directed by five-time Fringe First winner Hannah Eidinow.

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Joshua Seigal: We All Love Llamas!

By Lee Levitt, August 20, 2012

Joshua Seigal has been writing poetry for children and doing workshops and performances in primary schools for six months, and he radiates fun in his debut show.

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Review: Repertory Theatre

By Lee Levitt, August 19, 2012

A delightfully off-kilter Hamlet takes centre-stage in this superb, absurdist, psychosexual comedy by the Tel Aviv-based theatre company The Elephant and the Mouse.

Iftach Ophir is agreeably manipulable as a diffident playwright whose debut work is bashed and trashed by Erez Driguez's mock-grandiloquent, all-devouring artistic director in a pacy performance that fizzes with originality.

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Threats over Edinburgh Fringe show

By Marcus Dysch, August 2, 2012

The promoter of a controversial Edinburgh Fringe show about Palestinians says that he has received death threats from angry supporters of Israel.

I ♥ Hamas – and other things I’m afraid to tell you, is a satirical stand-up performance by American actress, writer and comedian Jennifer Jajeh.

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My Olympic moment - at the Edinburgh Festival

By Daniel Cainer, August 2, 2012

I am enthusiastically ushered onto the “Javelin Train” at St Pancras and I’m not even asked for a ticket. I marvel at the friendliness and efficiency of this part of the Olympic journey. A mere five minutes in a tunnel and I’m cast out into the dazzling Olympic light, heading for the bright Olympic Park, shining in the distance like an Olympic Disneyland.

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Limmud shows its political influences

By Sue Greenberg, March 22, 2012

Local Labour MPs Louise Ellman and Luciana Berger were star attractions at Sunday's Liverpool Limmud at the new King David campus.

The 400-plus turnout had the choice of more than 40 adult sessions and a further 15 for young people.

Mrs Ellman discussed making Israel's case in Parliament, Ms Berger spoke about her experiences as a young, female, Jewish MP.

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Limmud shows its political influences

By Sue Greenberg, March 22, 2012

Local Labour MPs Louise Ellman and Luciana Berger were star attractions at Sunday's Liverpool Limmud at the new King David campus.

The 400-plus turnout had the choice of more than 40 adult sessions and a further 15 for young people.

Mrs Ellman discussed making Israel's case in Parliament, Ms Berger spoke about her experiences as a young, female, Jewish MP.

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