New Drama: A Walk With Mr Heifetz
Violinist: Simon Hewitt Jones
Written by James Inverne
Directed by Benjamin Kamine
Palestine, 1925. A celebrated visitor, an eccentric genius, a future leader...and music that sings of dreams and destinies, of life, and death.
A rehearsed reading of a new play from award-winning former Gramophone and Time magazine journalist, James Inverne. A Walk with Mr Heifetz dramatises the visits of celebrated violinist Jascha Heifetz to Palestine and his remarkable encounters with the Sharrett brothers. One, Yehuda Sharret – charismatic composer, kibbutz pioneer and brother of future Israeli PM, Moshe Sharett – walked with Heifetz long into the night; a conversation that had devastating effects 20 years later.
Painting: The Expressionist by Adam Maeroff.
Yuval Boim is a classically trained actor. He played Off-Broadway in the US Premiere of Mike Leigh’s Two Thousand Years and was singled out by the New York Times as giving an “outstanding performance”. He recently performed in Olivier-nominated Yael Farber’s critically acclaimed adaptation of Salome at Shakespeare Theatre Company. He appeared on Amazon’s Red Oaks, and NBC’s Believe and featured in the film That Awkward Moment opposite Zac Efron and Miles Teller.
Henry Goodman is a multi-award-winning actor, twice recipient of the Laurence Olivier award and winner of the London Critics' Circle Award. His appearances at the National Theatre, RSC, West End and Broadway have always been intertwined with his teaching at Guildhall, RADA, BADA, and The Actors Centre.
Ed Stoppard is a film, television and stage actor. His well-known films credits include Youth, The Pianist and Branded. He featured in the award-winning television series The Crown, and his stage credits include On The Rocks at the Hampstead Theatre and Arcadia at the Duke of York’s Theatre in the West End.
Simon Hewitt Jones performs, records and broadcasts widely as a solo violinist, concertmaster, teacher, writer, chamber musician, music researcher and leader of the Fifth Quadrant (5Q) music collective. His solo and chamber music performances have been featured internationally in festivals and TV/Radio throughout Europe, the USA and the Middle East and is currently working on a research project at the Royal Academy of Music, exploring systems of violin pedagogy.
James Inverne is a playwright and award-winning writer, formerly editor of Gramophone Magazine, arts correspondent for Time magazine and the author of five books. He also now runs a music industry consultancy for high-level classical artists.
Benjamin Kamine is an American stage director with a focus on new work. Recent credits include world premieres of Carlyle by Thomas Bradshaw (Goodman Theatre), Nibbler by Ken Urban (The Amoralists at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater), and A Comedy of Manors by Zoe Samuel (Adirondack Theatre Festival). He is an Associate Artist at The Flea Theater, the Resident Director at the Jewish Plays Project, an adjunct professor at NYU Tisch in the Department of Dramatic Writing, and a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.