Mrs Parker of New York City
Tristram Powell, Honor Borwick, Celia Imrie, Claudie Blakley, Raphael Bushay, Abigail Cruttenden, Tom Goodman-Hill
“Whatever you think Dorothy Parker was like, she wasn’t”
She was famed for her ruthless wit, her satirical verses and sharp-tongued stories. She often highlighted men’s casual, contemptuous treatment of women. She herself experienced many disastrous love affairs, drank and smoked too much, but gloried in her independence – a star on the page and in performance.
Catch her spirit in this dramatic and musical tribute to Dorothy Parker and her work. Cole Porter and Ella Fitzgerald‘s songs make an accompanying echo to her sentiments-from the tongue-in-cheek to the melodramatically suicidal.
Commissioned by Jewish Book Week, this tribute includes some of Parker’s most famous and celebrated stories and witticisms, featuring a cast of actors (to be announced) who will bring Parker’s New York to life.
Celia Imrie is an award winning actress with an international profile - known for her work in Film, Theatre and Television. She has recently wrapped on the second series of the critically acclaimed series BETTER THINGS.
Claudie Blakley studied at Central School of Speech and Drama and is best-known for her performances in Cranford (2007-09) and Lark Rise To Candleford (2008-11) as the much-loved Emma Timmins. She also appeared in recent highly acclaimed stage productions of Chimerica and Consent in London's West End.
Raphael Bushay studied at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts and has played the Duke of Warwick in Henry V at Regents Park Open Air Theatre, Badger in The Fantastic Mr Fox at the Lyric Hammersmith, and Arthur France in Queen of Chapletown at the West Yorkshire Playhouse. His TV credits include Holby City (BBC).
Abigail Cruttenden is an English actress known for playing Anna in Lee Mack's BBC sitcom Not Going Out since the year 2014, and for the voice of Ellie in BBC Radio 4's Alone, which revolves around a group of single, middle-aged people sharing a house in North London.
Tom Goodman-Hill trained at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. He received a Laurence Olivier Award nomination for his performance as Sir Lancelot in the London production of Spamalot and is best-known for playing Mr Roger Grove in the ITV series Mr Selfridge.
Honor Borwick has worked in the theatre, publishing, independent television and film, theatre, and radio as a script editor. This will be her fifth year producing a theatrical piece for Jewish Book WeekTristram Powell
Tristram Powell is a film and television director whose credits include adaptations of Philip Roth’s The Ghost Writer and Elizabeth Jane Howard’s Falling.