JULIA PASCAL

JULIA PASCAL

London playwright and scholar produced in the UK, continental Europe and New York. Plays are published by Oberon Books, Faber, Samuel French (Inc).
Works include Broken English,Woman On The Bridge, A Dead Woman On Holiday, The Yiddish Queen Lear, Crossing Jerusalem, Honeypot, Year Zero, Next Stop, Paradise, The Shylock Play, A Dead Woman On Holiday, Theresa, The Dybbuk, The Golem, Nineveh and the short...
London playwright and scholar produced in the UK, continental Europe and New York. Plays are published by Oberon Books, Faber, Samuel French (Inc).
Works include Broken English,Woman On The Bridge, A Dead Woman On Holiday, The Yiddish Queen Lear, Crossing Jerusalem, Honeypot, Year Zero, Next Stop, Paradise, The Shylock Play, A Dead Woman On Holiday, Theresa, The Dybbuk, The Golem, Nineveh and the short play Revelations.
For BBC Radio, Revelations, The Road To Paradise. For BBC TV, Charlotte & Jane based on Charlotte Bronte and Jane Eyre.
Plays explore politics, sex, violence.
PhD University of York. Awards include National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts.
Teaches theatre for St Lawrence University's Study Abroad Program, London and for London's City University's MA Theatre degree.

Plays

  • BLUEPRINT MEDEA
    Medea, a Kurdish soldier from Turkey arrives in London as an illegal immigrant. She has two children with Jason-Mohammed the son of a London Iraqi. When Jason is forced to abandon Medea for his cousin Glauke, Medea seeks revenge.
  • WOMAN ON THE BRIDGE
    A 50 year old London journalist, Judith Green, goes to Manhattan for a job. There she meets a series of people, including her 110 year old great aunt, who push her on a course which leads her to the Brooklyn Bridge. Will she jump off it?
  • NINEVEH
    Four former soldiers wake up in an unknown place. They don't know how they got there. Only by revealing their own savagery can they hope to get out. The play explores post-traumatic stress syndrome through the journey of each character.
    In order to seek redemption they must admit their pasts and also be strong enough to face the hostile new world outisde.

    This is a black-box, studio...
    Four former soldiers wake up in an unknown place. They don't know how they got there. Only by revealing their own savagery can they hope to get out. The play explores post-traumatic stress syndrome through the journey of each character.
    In order to seek redemption they must admit their pasts and also be strong enough to face the hostile new world outisde.

    This is a black-box, studio piece. It is actually taking part in a whale's belly and is a take on the Jonah story. Nineveh has movement and plenty of scope for adventurous production on a small budget. The four roles are huge. One is the leader, the other - an eternal student, the third is the joker and the fourth is an African child who has been forced to be a soldier. The text is based on real testimony from former combatants. In this play we don't know where we are or where the solders were fighting. There is dark humour. It is a one act, full lengther playing at 75 minutes without an intermission.
  • CROSSING JERUSALEM
    YOU KNOW OUR PROBLEM?
    TOO MUCH HISTORY. NOT ENOUGH GEOGRAPHY.

    Crossing Jerusalem describes 24 hours in the life of an Israeli family in March 2002, as they cross Jerusalem at the beginning of the latest intifada. Over this 24 hours, personal and political history burst into the present. A complex family drama explodes in the most politically tense city in the world.
  • THE ROAD TO PARADISE
    Hidden British war history. The play focuses on the true story of Viennese Jewish music student Theresia Steiner. She left Germany to work as a nanny in London. The family feared German bombing and moved to Guernsey. Theresa (anglicised version of her name) was stuck in Guernsey as the Nazis invaded. Through the collaboration of the British authorities, she was betrayed and deported to Auschwitz where she was...
    Hidden British war history. The play focuses on the true story of Viennese Jewish music student Theresia Steiner. She left Germany to work as a nanny in London. The family feared German bombing and moved to Guernsey. Theresa (anglicised version of her name) was stuck in Guernsey as the Nazis invaded. Through the collaboration of the British authorities, she was betrayed and deported to Auschwitz where she was murdered. The play explores her experience and also looks a fictionalised love story between her and an Irish doctor on the Island.
  • THERESA
    THERESA Hidden story of how the British authorities on the Channel Islands collaborated with the Nazis in WW2.

    An experimental dance theatre work on the life of Theresia Steiner, an Austrian Jew, deported from Guernsey to Auschwitz. 5-25 in cast. Depends on production.

    It has been seen in the UK, France and Germany between 1990 and 2003 intermittently. It has not had a US professional production.
  • THE DYBBUK
    A modern adaptation of Anski's classic set in a ghetto in 1942. Judith goes to Germany and finds it full of ghosts. She dreams of a ghetto where five secular Jews remember the myth of The Dybbuk. She tries to help the inmates learn the culture and history that are part of this myth in order to keep them engaged in the last moments of the their life. This is a text that has scope for European performance...
    A modern adaptation of Anski's classic set in a ghetto in 1942. Judith goes to Germany and finds it full of ghosts. She dreams of a ghetto where five secular Jews remember the myth of The Dybbuk. She tries to help the inmates learn the culture and history that are part of this myth in order to keep them engaged in the last moments of the their life. This is a text that has scope for European performance techniques. It has been very successful in its European showings and at the Theatre for the New City in Manhattan.
  • WOMAN IN THE MOON
    An exploration in to the life of Wernher von Braun as American hero with the past of a Nazi scientist. The play connects the enslavement of young men in Camp Dora forced to work on the Nazi Rocket program and the relationship this has to the 1969 American Moon Landing.
  • A DEAD WOMAN ON HOLIDAY
    Set in the Nuremberg Trials in 1946 the drama focuses on the experience of French Jewish interpreter Sophia Goldenberg. It explores what happens to those who have to transmit Shoah experience and the effect it has on their lives. It also looks at the American experience in German postwar.
  • 12-37
    The play happens between 1935 and 1948.Three Irish Jewish brothers are involved in the fight against fascism in London and the European theatre of war before two go to Palestine to fight the British in 1946. They are in Jerusalem when The King David Hotel explodes. When Rina, a Czech actor, who has survived the Shoah, returns to their lives, they are forced to explore difficult issues around identity,...
    The play happens between 1935 and 1948.Three Irish Jewish brothers are involved in the fight against fascism in London and the European theatre of war before two go to Palestine to fight the British in 1946. They are in Jerusalem when The King David Hotel explodes. When Rina, a Czech actor, who has survived the Shoah, returns to their lives, they are forced to explore difficult issues around identity, political action and the struggles of Jewish nationalism.
  • NEXT STOP PARADISE
    A London cross-rail worker unearths Joan England who has been hidden in the ground since 1290. She is an English Jew who refused to leave England when deportation or death was the order. Concealing herself as a Catholic, and later a Protestant, she time travels back to 1656 and meets the rabbi who tries to convince Oliver Cromwell to allow Jewish return. When it fails she shoots forward to modern Israel where...
    A London cross-rail worker unearths Joan England who has been hidden in the ground since 1290. She is an English Jew who refused to leave England when deportation or death was the order. Concealing herself as a Catholic, and later a Protestant, she time travels back to 1656 and meets the rabbi who tries to convince Oliver Cromwell to allow Jewish return. When it fails she shoots forward to modern Israel where she meets the biblical Sarah. Joan, an evangelical Christian, wants to baptise Sarah to help the conversion of the Jews and the impending Apocalypse. She succeeds and thereby hastens the end of the world. The play is a satire on Englishness, religious fervour and genesis.
  • BROKEN ENGLISH
    London 1946. A small room in the East End. A group of Jews are plotting to assassinate the Foreign Secretary as a way of publicising his limitation of Jewish immigration to British Mandate Palestine.
  • HONEYPOT
    Susanne, a Swedish woman, discovers that she is a Jew after her father's death. This sends her on a mission to Israel where she becomes a Mossad agent and is part of Operation Vengeance which was an assassination of those who murdered the Israeli athletes in the 1972 Munich Olympics. The problem is her potential victim falls in love with her. Is she able to murder him?
  • CHERCHEZ LA FEMME
    A woman's final frozen embryo has failed to come to term. She is in despair until she talks to her women friends about love, sex, children and a new way of mothering.
  • GOD SAVE THE QUEEN
    An elderly Polish Jew sleeps rough on the London street. She is approached by a young woman who wants to interview her for a writing project. As they talk the Queen of England passes by to open a new building. The play satirises the English class system today while connecting two women of different ethnicities and ages in a brutal moment of recognition.
  • THE GOLEM
    A play for young people based on the legend. A group is terrorised by outsiders. The rabbi decides to make a man of mud, a golem, to defend his people. The golem becomes the community warrior and all goes well until he become violent and has to be dismantled.
  • OLD NEWLAND
    An old Dublin Jewish doctor is in a London hospital bed. He is tended to by an Indian nurse who reminds him of his World War Two posting in India during World War Two. Floating through memory he relives the major issues of the twentieth century: nationalism, war, Shoah, Zionism, anti-Zionism and memories of frustrated love.
  • THE WEDDING PARTY
    A 50 year old woman police officer, of Greek Cypriot origin, brought up in London interrogates the man who has murdered her fiancé in a terrorist attack. She needs to get him to give her the names of his accomplices in order to stop a bombing network. She also needs to defeat his spirit in order to gain the power to bury the man she lives. The 30 minute drama uses both naturalism and flashbacks as a technique.
  • L'ANNEE ZERO-YEAR ZERO
    Paying homage to Joan Littlewood's Oh What A Lovely War!Year Zero examines a small town in the north of France during the French occupation of 1940-1944. Researched from witness and testimony in Maubeuge the script explores Communism, collaboration, fascism, antisemitism and survival. There are French and English versions.
  • ST JOAN
    Black Jewish Londoner Joan Rabinowitch imagines herself time travelling in the past to try and stop slavery and Shoah. This is an experimental and sometimes poetic work for three or more performers. It explores history, slavery, patriarchy, French culture and theatre.