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Julia Pascal was born in Manchester. She trained as an actor before going to London University and from 1977 she has worked as a theatre director. She was the first female director to work at the NT, and has since been Associate Director at the Orange Tree Theatre. She began writing for the stage in the mid-1980’s and was previously Dance editor for City Limits Magazine and a freelancer for the Guardian In 1985 she formed Pascal Theatre Company (www.pascal-theatre.com), which produces new plays and works educationally in schools and community centres while also providing training workshops for women theatre practitioners. Her other plays include: Crossing Jerusalem, The Yiddish Queen Lear and The Holocaust Trilogy: Theresa, A Dead Woman on Holiday, The Dybbuk.

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Holocaust Trilogy, The
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Holocaust Trilogy, The

Theresa / A Dead Woman on Holiday / The Dybbuki

Julia Pascal
 
Three dark and searching historical plays, each taking on themes from the Holocaust. 

Theresa
Draws from secret research into the Nazi occupation of Channel Island, and the collaboration of local residents, with terrifying results. 

A Dead Woman on Holiday
An unlikely love story set during the Nuremberg trials. 

The Dybbuki
In homage to Anski's Russian classic, traces the last moments of five irreligious Jews.

Oberon Books | 978-1-84002-094-6 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Pascal: Two Plays
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Pascal: Two Plays

The Yiddish Queen Lear / Woman in the Moon

Julia Pascal
 
The Yiddish Queen Lear 
New York in the late 1930s: a once-famous Yiddish actress gives her theatre business over to her three daughters. This is a story of love, infidelity, betrayal and exile, which examines the moment when Jewish East European and American cultures meet, on the eve of the Holocaust. Both a free reworking of Shakespeare's King Lear and a homage to the lost world of Yiddish theatre, The Yiddish Queen Lear is a vibrant, funny and tragic study of the clashes and connections between two very different worlds. 

Review
This play is an affecting and eclectic treat. - Evening Standard

Woman in The Moon 
Set in the United States, England and Germany, between 1920 and 2001, this is a dream play inspired by both the Faust legend and the testimonies of French, Austrian and German survivors from Camp Dora. It explores the connections between the US space programme, the V1 and V2 bombers, and slave labour in the Third Reich.

Review
Brave, intelligent and desperately moving. - The Guardian



Oberon Books | 978-1-84002-253-7 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Shylock Play, The
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Shylock Play, The

An adaptation of Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice

Julia Pascal
 
A radical new adaptation of one of Shakespeare’s most controversial plays.

When 78-year-old Ruth, a survivor of the Warsaw Ghetto, visits the present day Venice Ghetto and meets a group of actors rehearsing The Merchant of Venice, she is confronted by the terrible story of ‘The Jew‘ which touches her own life.

In this emotive and provocative play, Julia Pascal re-works the controversial classic, transposing the theme of Anti-Semitism raised in The Merchant of Venice into a contemporary setting. By placing her own text within the original, she challenges the portrayal of ‘The Jew’ and produces a thought-provoking new work.



Cast : 15M, 6F
Oberon Books | 978-1-84002-812-6 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB