Simon Round

Inteview: Sarah Solemani

By Simon Round, September 11, 2014

Sarah Solemani is telling me about her latest failure over a coffee in a North London café. Although Solemani has experienced poverty and even hunger since deciding to make acting and writing her career, this latest disappointment has nothing to with TV or theatre. She has just failed her driving test in dramatic and quite dangerous style.


Village that defied the Nazis

By Simon Round, August 28, 2014

In the catalogue of genocide and barbarism that was the Holocaust there were heartwarming instances of people and communities risking their lives to rescue Jews. One thinks of the rescue of Danish Jews, the work of Oskar Schindler and many other cases of individual bravery.


Just a whisker's difference

By Simon Round, August 21, 2014

As summers go this hasn't been the best one for the Jews. If you live in Israel you will have had rockets raining down on you on a daily basis. If you live outside Israel you will have been the subject of antisemitic protests on a scale almost unparalleled in the past half-century. We have been pilloried, physically attacked and abused.


Interview: Judge Rinder

By Simon Round, August 21, 2014

Those who have yet to watch ITV's Judge Rinder may wonder why a show which is basically a reconstruction of the work of the small claims court has quickly generated one of the biggest daytime television audiences. The answer is almost certainly the judge himself.


Getting to grips with the stars of theatre

By Simon Round, August 18, 2014

Michael Rudman does not fit the stereotype of the American Jewish director. He is not small and bespectacled and he is not from New York. Rudman is tall and his Texan accent is largely undiminished by more than half-a-century in the UK. And, as we chat in his Chelsea sitting room, it would certainly be easier to imagine him in a stetson than a kippah.


Interview: Kay Mellor

By Simon Round, August 7, 2014

Kay Mellor has made her name writing TV shows which build tough themes into popular drama, from Band of Gold to Fat Friends and The Syndicate. However, one of the subjects closest to her heart is only just now being dramatised. In the Club - which started on BBC1 on Tuesday night - follows the experiences of a group of heavily pregnant women and their partners in the run-up to the births.


Ireland waits no longer for Yiddish Godot

By Simon Round, July 31, 2014

Irish theatre-goers attending a festival celebrating the life and work of Samuel Beckett, one of its greatest playwrights of the 20th century, would expect to see a production of his most famous work, Waiting for Godot. What they might not anticipate is a version of the play being performed in Yiddish.


Better the blessing of broccoli

By Simon Round, July 24, 2014

Groucho Marx once said: "I intend to live forever or die trying".


Interview: Oliver Horovitz

By Simon Round, July 10, 2014

Ten years ago, American teenager Oliver Horovitz decided to spend his gap year studying at the University of St Andrews before starting his degree course at Harvard.


Catching up with the cultural wizards of Oz who came to UK

By Simon Round, July 3, 2014

Howard Jacobson has been telling a joke for a quite some time about his first trip to Australia back in 1964. "As the boat I was in was passing the equator, we passed a ship going the other way and Robert Hughes, Germaine Greer, Clive James and Barry Humphries were on it. They were all shouting from the deck, 'you're going the wrong way mate'.


Chai cyclist makes Paris after high-speed crash

By Simon Round, June 26, 2014

A charity bike rider has recalled the moment his riding partner was in a horrific crash during a London-to- Paris cycling event.


There's just no time anymore

By Simon Round, June 26, 2014

Between the World Cup and Wimbledon it has been tricky to find time to get everything done. Obviously I need to work but showering is optional and fortunately the children are resigned to eating cheese sandwiches and biscuits for a few weeks.

However, choosing between the football and the tennis has been tricky.


Interview: Yuval Adler

By Simon Round, June 16, 2014

Yuval Adler could have been many things. He studied philosophy after army service and went on to study for a PhD at Columbia University. He was also an artist who was good enough to have his work - a mixture of sculpture, installation and video - exhibited in galleries in New York.


Interview: Andy Jacobs

By Simon Round, June 13, 2014

As you read this, Andy Jacobs will be in Rio de Janeiro, a stone's throw from the Copacabana beach, trying desperately to appear as though he is not having too good a time. It will be tricky.


Interview: David Schneider

By Simon Round, June 6, 2014

David Schneider has tried plenty of things in his career, most with success. He has acted in TV comedy, directed, written for film, stage and radio, performed stand-up and appeared in movies.


Maths made interesting, even for the number-phobic

By Simon Round, May 23, 2014

What is your favourite number? Statistically, it is likely to be 7, according to research by Alex Bellos, the author of this follow-up to his popular book on maths, Alex in Numberland.


Changing of guard in Manchester

By Simon Round, May 19, 2014

In his farewell report to Manchester Jewish Representative Council, outgoing president Frank Baigel said it had been an "honour to represent the community which has high status in the civic life of this region.

"One thing is clear. We now have a louder voice in national Jewish circles as befits the second largest community in the UK. But there is still much more to do"


My very own Eden project

By Simon Round, May 2, 2014

In some ways I love this time of year. There is light in the evenings, the flood waters have subsided and the cuckoos are cuckooing.


Eurovision memories inspire film hit from Israel

By Simon Round, April 29, 2014

Eytan Fox is one of Israel’s best-known and most critically acclaimed filmmakers with a body of work which has addressed social, political and, particularly, gay issues. So which element of Israeli society gets the treatment in his new movie? Actually none of them. Fox has gone out on a limb to make the funny, affectionate Cupcakes, about the Eurovision Song Contest.


Doctor reaches her personal Everest

By Simon Round, April 28, 2014

A London GP is trekking up Everest to raise money for international aid charity Tzedek.
Bronya Gorney reported this week that she had reached Everest base camp having already scaled altitudes of more than 5,500 metres.

Despite avalanches on the mountain which have claimed the lives of a number of sherpa, Ms Gorney's trip has to date been trouble-free.

However, she posted on Facebook that th