An array of voices before the blast
This article is from 2007.
As daily reports of suicide bombings in the Middle East flood into our homes, it’s impossible not to be desensitised. Figures substitute names, as personal stories take a backseat in favour of a delivery of the death toll. However, Iris Bahr’s one woman show sets about giving voices to the numbers.
As a TV reporter gathers interview footage in a bustling café in Tel Aviv where Israelis, Palestinians and expats drink together in relative harmony, the conflict is never far away. Tackling issues such as tradition versus the desire to westernise Israel, the internal conflict seems to take precedent over its exterior political one. Only one Palestinian voice is heard in the form of a professor who expresses support for the Israelis, giving the play a slightly one-sided feel. It’s not all doom and gloom, as experienced stand-up comedian Bahr creates an array of outlandish characters including a gay German designer and a Russian prostitute with ease. As the script fails to push hard enough at the big issues, it’s her performance that makes this one worth the watch.
Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, until 27 Aug (not 14), 4pm, £8–£9 (£6.50–£7.50)