Dublin Theatre Festival

Gesher Theatre

The Village

By Joshua Sobol

Venue Olympia Theatre

Directed by Yevgeny Arye
Set designed by Alexander Lisiyansky
Music by Avi Benjamin
Costumes by Anna Khruscheva
Lighting by Bueno Avi-Iona

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Set in a town in 1940's Palestine, Joshua Sobol's beautiful play is a wistful journey back to a time before the wandering Jewish people had seen the birth of a state; an idyllic time when Arabs and Jews lived and traded together but when the world war crept ever closer to the people's consciousness. We meet the town and all its eccentrics through the eyes of Yossi, a teenager just discovering his hormones and forever idealising his older brother, who's just old enough to be called up to fight. The cycles of life are evoked on the Gesher Theatre's magnificent turntable set, an apt setting for the play's merry-go-round of poignancy, young loves, adult betrayals, and sorrows barely touched by distant horrors.

The Village marks the Irish debut of the extraordinary Gesher theatre of Tel Aviv. Founded by Russian immigrants to Israel only eight years ago, the Gesher, (Hebrew for "bridge") has quickly joined the ranks of the world's great theatre ensembles.

Performed in Hebrew with complimentary simultaneous translation available on headset.
Please note starting time. Performance lasts for approximately 3 hours including intermission.

"One of the world's leading ensembles and you would be mad to miss it" 
                                                                                The London Observer
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