Time Travelling in Polish Literature
From the urban decadence of Yiddish theatre to the timeless world of the shtetl, Henry Goodman and Beverley Klein gave voice to the prose, poetry and drama of a century of Jewish Poland interspersed with new musical arrangements from Lemez Lovaz. They took us into an irrecoverable world, invoking deep pathos and great humour from writers including I.B. Singer, Y.L. Peretz, Bruno Shultz, Ida Fink, and Janusz Korczak, all the way through to second-generation writers from the Jewish Polish diaspora conjuring up the strongly felt presence and sense of loss.
Henry Goodman is an award-winning stage and screen actor equally at ease at the RSC, in the West End, Hollywood, or on Broadway. His most recent successes were in Fiddler on the Roof, Duet for One and The Line. He played a principal role in Ang Lee’s Taking Woodstock and frequently stars in radio dramas.
Beverley Klein is an award-winning actress. She was most recently in The Enchanting Pig, Fiddler on the Roof and Into the Woods. She was part of the original cast of Les Miserables.
Lemez Lovas, a UK Jewish music pioneer, founded and wrote/arranged 3 albums for Oi Va Voi (triple BBC Radio 3 World Music Awards nominees); composes for film and theatre (currently Persian epic Shahnameh at London's National Theatre), and is English songwriter for international artists (Sony BMG / EMI). Current projects include the Yiddish Twist Orchestra - inspired by Willy Bergman, the tragically neglected East End rock'n'roll hero; Shtetl Superstars, a modern day ska-gypsy Fiddler On The Roof; and a major art installation celebrating the Rag Trade.