Performance of ‘A Comedy of Us Jews’ at the York Festival of Ideas, 12 and 13 June 2017, 7.00PM, Friends’ Meeting House, Friargate, York
In 1940 a member of the Helsinki Jewish Community, Jac Weinstein, wrote a light-hearted musical cabaret sketch about a Jewish clothing merchant who falls in love with a mannequin he has ordered from Paris. The only reference to the war then raging in Europe – a war Finland would join just a half year later – is a brief mention of the bombing of Paris. Discovered through the research of Dr Simo Muir, this script has not been staged since its original production in 1940.
This new translation and adaptation by Simo Muir and Lisa Peschel, performed by students from the University of York’s department of Theatre, Film and Television, has been produced by the AHRC-funded project Performing the Jewish Archive.