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Candlesticks

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Candlesticks.

A topical and controversial play about the interface between the Jewish world and the Christian world seen through an engaging domestic drama.
 
Its History

1993 – Arts Council Theatre Writing Bursary. 
Jul 1994  1st Production : Manchester, Liverpool and Exeter Festival.
Dir. Chris Bridgman 
Jan 2003 - Rehearsed Reading  Tricycle Theatre, London.
Dec 2005  - 2nd production:   @ Lion & Unicorn Theatre, Kentish Town.
Mirtos Productions. Dir. Rebecca Atkinson-Lord.
Feb 2006  - 3rd production:, @ Studio Theatre, RNCM, Manchester.
Dir. Helen Parry.
Feb 2006:  - trans. into Portuguese in Brazil by Thiago Mori:  “Casticais.”

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From a leading critic: Paul Vaughan – Previously reviewer and presenter for  BBC`s Kaleidoscope -  “Deborah Freeman’s CANDLESTICKS wears lightly its concern with the
search for religious belief. This literate, serious, ingenious play wastes no words and develops its debate through character, not contrivance, avoiding glib conclusions and enlisting equal sympathy for the Montague/Capulet principals.”
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From... FRINGE REPORT.com     
         London - Lion & Unicorn - 6–23 Dec 05 - 19:45 (21:45) 
`Knock-down drama, strong characters.`   Candlesticks is a modern religious drama. Characters are middle-aged neighbours Louise (Alexandra Sebastian) and Julia (Priscilla Gray); and their respective children, Jenny (Rebecca Pownall, winsome in green flip-flops and brown ringlets) and Ian (Will Tosh). It is structured around religious festivals. Like a half-remembered anecdote, the story unfolds over a span of two hours including interval.

Guests have recently departed from the celebration of Passover (Pesach.) Mother of the house Louise accepts her Jewishness as a matter of tradition. She gives vivacious young daughter Jenny the silver candlesticks that have been in the family for 150 years.

Jenny announces that during her two-year stay in Peru she has become a Christian. Boy-next-door Ian enters in a blue hoodie; his car's been stolen. As a sign of Christian altruism Jenny gives him the candlesticks.

At first, religion lives in corners of the characters' lives. But as the play progresses, it develops from fashion statement, affectation and adolescent rebellion to the defining factor of their identities.    Embittered, rejected, half-Jewish neighbour Julia tends towards the domineering. Louise is easy-going, believing, not in God, but in 'collective reckonings... I believe in people.'

The set might be a living room anywhere in North London. A couple of chairs, a bookcase, a table crowded with glasses, Persian carpets and a potted palm.  The Kol Nidre chant evoking a brief synagogue visit by Jenny and her mother, is sung by Avi Freeman.

The byplay between Priscilla Gray's Julia and Alexandra Sebastian's Louise holds up well enough. The characters' jobs, husbands and other children exist somewhere offstage. Julia is busy editing a book entitled The Architecture of Oppression.  Will Tosh's Ian - somewhat outnumbered by women - comes across as a sulky toyboy figure for much of the play: 'I was invited to give you German measles'  But his final transformation is startlingly convincing.  Islamic and Western secular viewpoints are absent from the Judaeo-Christian ping-pong, but that is not a critical failing. They exist somewhere offstage too.

Cast Credits: (alpha order): Priscilla Gray - Julia. Rebecca Pownall - Jenny. Alexandra Sebastian - Louise. Will Tosh - Ian.    Company Credits: Rebecca Atkinson-Lord - Director. Deborah Freeman - Playwright. Ben Vaughan - Stage Manager / Lighting. Jess Jenkins - Lighting Design. Samantha Austin - Set Design. Francis Oldman - Costume. Jenny Winslowe - Photography. Ben Elliott-Scott for Out of Hand - Flyer Design. Original Music Sung By - Avi Freeman. Company - Mirtos Productions Ltd (www.mirtosproductions.co.uk) . 

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