The Black Jew Dialogues

  • 28 July 2006

This article is from 2006.

As its title suggests, this theatre, sketch and improv combo show performed by a pair of stand-up comedians engages with the subject of prejudice and racism in America. ‘Larry Jones and Ron Jay Tish were doing improv in Boston,’ says director Margret Anne Brady. ‘They literally started by having a dialogue, which widened into a conversation about the alliance and the tension between black’s and Jew’s during the civil rights era in America. And that turned into skits. Then they locked themselves in to a motel, bizarrely enough called The Plantation Inn, for a weekend to write it.’

Although The BJD deals specifically with the American experience, one suspects its universal themes will resonate with the Fringe’s international audiences. ‘Particularly the theme of identity and how much people can or can’t assimilate,’ agrees Brady. ‘We haven’t shaped the material specifically for Europe, but we have been thinking in global terms, because it’s so timely in Europe as well as America.’ (Miles Fielder)

C Chambers St, 0870 701 5105, 2-28 Aug, 8.20pm, £8.50 (£7.50).

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