In July 2013, I wrote, produced and performed a new play called Shabbat Dinner at the Tamarama Rock Surfers Bondi Feast Festival. This was an annual festival greatly enjoyed by the Sydney theatre community. I teamed up with director Anthony Skuse (Punk Rock, 4000 Miles) and we created this piece together.
Shabbat Dinner (subtitled: “good girls moisturise”) is a piece of dinner theatre that explores the role of food, females and family in a contemporary Jewish identity. The performers and the audience share a Shabbat dinner catered by the writer. As the meal unfolds, a community is built and then dismantled between all involved. The rituals, customs and habits of a Friday night are recreated in this new community. And then we go about our lives once more.
You can find a review of one of Shabbat Dinner’s productions here.
Shabbat Dinner received a staged reading in Singapore, directed by Joel Tan and produced by Checkpoint Theatre. It had a repeat season in March 2015 as part of Spectrum Now Festival, featuring actors Olivia Stambouliah, Kirsty Marillier, Tanya Goldberg, Sara Goldberg and Greta Bartfield. Some coverage of this season can be found in The Age and Sydney Morning Herald.
Shabbat Dinner is going to have one more Sydney production in September 2018, hosted by my favourite theatre in the world, Griffin Theatre. Tickets are available now by following this link.
I am looking to produce Shabbat Dinner in Melbourne in the future. Please contact me if you would like to discuss ways to make this happen.
In the meantime, you can also purchase the script by contacting me.