The world premiere
“We have to make sure we make the right choices. If we do, we're ok and you'll have a career, be someone who is employable and commissionable. Get it wrong and it's like all over.”
Originally seen as a staged reading as part of Vibrant 2017 – A Festival of Finborough Playwrights, the world premiere of Checkpoint Chana.
Poet Bev Hemmings is in the eye of a storm after she publishes a poem that the world seems to believe is anti-Semitic. She’s convinced she’s innocent, but everyone else – including her PA, Tamsin – wants her to apologise. A press interview is planned to begin her public rehabilitation, but Bev’s dying father, erratic behaviour and tendency to drink make her public contrition a complex process. Checkpoint Chana examines the point where pro-Palestinian criticism of the government of Israel and anti-Semitism blur.
Playwright Jeff Page is a writer and voluntary sector worker. He is a graduate of the John Burgess playwriting course at the Nuffield Theatre, Southampton. Plays include Attack of the A&E Zombies (Descent Theatre and Irlam Festival Fringe).
Director Manuel Bau is originally from Italy where he graduated in Theatre Directing in Venice and then trained at the London Film Academy and at the Lincoln Center Directors Lab. Direction includes Questions of Terrorism and Repression (Lion and Unicorn Theatre), A Feyre Tale (The Space, Edinburgh Fringe), The Man with The Flower in His Mouth (Christ Church College, Oxford), How Does That Make You Feel? (Lion and Unicorn Theatre), Soft the Moon Rose (Etcetera Theatre) and The White Room (Courtyard Theatre). Direction of short plays includes Girls Just Want to Have Fun-Damental Human Rights, Girl of My Dreams and The Lottery (Theatre503 and Southwark Playhouse). Associate Direction includes Le Grand Mort (Trafalgar Studios), How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (Royal Festival Hall) and Allegro (Southwark Playhouse). Manuel was recently language consultant on Do I Hear A Waltz? (Encores at New York City Center) and Director on Attachment on Porgy and Bess (Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park).
“Manuel Bau’s strong and captivating production… this is not theatre for the narrow-minded.” Chris Omaweng, London Theatre 1 on Questions of Terrorism and Repression
“Excellently directed by Manuel Bau… had me grinning from start to finish.” Rachel Borland, LondonTheatre1 on How Does That Make You Feel?
Sunday and Monday evenings at 7.30pm.
Tuesday matinees at 2.00pm.
Performance Length: Approximately 80 minutes with no interval.
Tickets £18, £16 concessions