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Julia Pascal: Political Plays

Julia Pascal: Political Plays

by Julia Pascal

Staff recommendation:

"Minutely researched, Julia Pascal's plays elegantly move between time periods. They change tempo and subject, yet illustrate the same political struggles, be it in 1946, in 1983, or in the harrowing belly of a whale. They go beyond conventional retelling of recent political struggles, and instead interrogate psychological traumas and how they affect people's decisions. Both Honeypot and Woman on the Bridge follow female characters unable to reconcile being bystanders. Whether they use their bodies as tools to address political injustice and social inequality, or dedicate their lives to deciphering suspicious behaviours, these women become pawns of the patriarchy. The political juggernaut prescribes their movement, determination, and unrest."

Includes:

Honeypot: Ten years after the massacres at the Munich Olympics, Susanne joins Mossad as a secret agent. This beautiful Swedish woman is at the heart of a struggle between desire and destruction, between love and infidelity, between motherhood and freedom. Between Arab and Jew.

Broken English: An exploration of a secret history that happened in London just after the end of the war. Why was there a plot to assassinate Ernest Bevin, the Foreign Secretary by right-wing Jewish activists? When does loyalty to nation state conflict with loyalty to nation?

Nineveh: What happens when four former soldiers are trapped in a whale? How can they live with the atrocities they have committed and escape from this hell which imprisons them? Based on research in Kashmir, Israel, Rwanda and Lebanon, this Beckettian play fuses absurd humour, the horror of war and the possibility of redemption in a ninety-minute drama.

Woman on the Bridge: Judith, a London journalist, goes to the Brooklyn Bridge. Does she want to jump off? On her disturbing journey she spends a night with a very young man, she meets Anna, her hundred-and-ten-year old great aunt and Gloria, a homicide cop. Her encounters with these New Yorkers forces her to change her life.

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