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One Lost Stone

Heritage Arts Site-Responsive Performance

Sunday 5th July
Novo Cemetery

Site-Responsive Heritage Arts Performance Project & Installation

on the campus of Queen Mary University of London 

Pascal Theatre Company is staging One Lost Stone, a devised performance project as part of Discovering and Documenting England’s Lost Jews. Focusing on the experience of Sephardi Jews, this event is inspired by cultural, visual and architectural resources; historical information and personal narratives about Sephardi Jewish history.

Participants will enjoy a guided, educational tour in the grounds of Queen Mary University of London and Novo Cemetery to reveal aspects of this fascinating, buried history. The experience will be an engagement with a partly concealed legacy, offering encounters with some flamboyant characters and others who found a way of survival as secret immigrants. 

We will be performing the tour several times over one day. 

We are looking for volunteer performers, musicians, researchers, historians, artists & enthusiasts of all ages to join us in this exciting heritage arts project .

Rehearsals for the contemplative artistic guided tour ‘One Lost Stone’ will happen in London up to July 2020. We are exploring the histories of Sephardic Jews in Britain around the NOVO CEMETERY in London. The hidden history of the Sephardi Jews in England still has traces in the Novo Cemetery in the grounds of Queen Mary University, London. Following the 1492 expulsion of Jews from what is now Spain, Sephardim settled chiefly around the Mediterranean basin, notably in the Ottoman Empire.  Many also converted outwardly to Catholicism, while secretly practicing Judaism. Some of these crypto-Jews settled in England in the middle of the 17th century, and laid the basis for a Sephardi community that came to affirm their Judaism openly again. Sephardim arrived on this island speaking Spanish and Portuguese and cooking Mediterranean style. They also brought their own Spanish, Portuguese, and Arab musical heritage. Using original archival material,poetry, sound and visuals we will reveal and activate a forgotten legacy and explore the subtle re-establishment of Jewish life in England.

Produced by Julia Pascal & Susannah Kraft  Levene                   

Event Director: Thomas Kampe                                           

Assistant Director: Matthew Emeny

Set & Costume: Lesley Lightfoot

Sound & Music: Ronen Kozokaro

Production Manager & Technical Director: Jules Deering

Videography: Mark Norfolk & Yaron Lapid

COST:  Workshops & rehearsals are free (you don’t have to be able to attend all of them; there will be some support for travel expenses)

Workshop dates

You do not have to be available at all dates – this is negotiable

Rehearsal Intensive: 01/06 – 07/06/2020 QMUL  London 

Production week: 29/06 – 04/07 2020 QMUL London

05/07/2020 Performance & Installation Event: QMUL London]

We will also run the odd Sunday workshop between now and June

Enquiries & Enrolment :

For Performance volunteer workshops ‘ONE LOST STONE’ contact

t.kampe@bathspa.ac.uk or matthew.emeny93@gmail.com

All other enquiries and workshops of the project                                                                     

‘DISCOVERING AND DOCUMENTING ENGLAND’S LOST JEWS’  

pascaltheatrecompany@gmail.com      

Pascal Theatre Company explores contemporary life through theatre, film, new writing and radical re-interpretations of the classics. The Company’s work features site-specific heritage events as well as drama workshops. We engage with diverse communities by reaching out to those marginalised in society through the productions and an Education Programme. The Heritage Lottery Fund is supporting this major learning project where volunteers will research archives and learn interviewing techniques to prepare a legacy for future generations.

Pascal Theatre Company is working with Bevis Marks Synagogue, Manchester Jewish Museum, Bath Spa University and Queen Mary University of London with an Educational Programme linked to the project continuing throughout 2019 and 2020.


One Lost Stone

Produced by Julia Pascal & Susannah Kraft Levene
Event Director: Thomas Kampe
Assistant Director: Matthew Emeny
Supported by The National Lottery Heritage Fund