Jews. In Their Own Words.

Jews. In Their Own Words. by Jonathan Freedland.

Royal Court, September – October 2022


From an idea by Tracy-Ann Oberman. Co-created by Vicky Featherstone, Tracy-Ann Oberman & Audrey Sheffield.

A social worker. A doctor. A politician. An ex-politician. A refugee. A novelist. A decorator. A journalist. A Talmudist. An actress. A student. A researcher. Different lives, but all marked by the same enduring prejudice.

Journalist Jonathan Freedland has created a searing and incisive play, using verbatim interviews to expose the roots and damning legacy of antisemitism in Britain – found in the places where you’d least expect it.

Jews. In Their Own Words. – a theatrical inquiry conducted through words, song…and a dose of English irony.


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‘Confidently confrontational, enthralling and thought-provoking… just how vital it is that as many people as possible see it cannot be understated’

Liam O’Dell Read full review

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‘An illuminating, unsettling study of prejudice’

Kate Kellaway, The Observer Read full review

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‘Packs a hugely powerful punch’

John Nathan, The Jewish Chronicle Read full review

‘The show is vibrant and peppered with humour. But it’s also eloquent, incisive and emotionally powerful’

Sarah Hemming, Financial Times

‘Playful…with bold theatricality, songs and wry jokes’

Arifa Akbar, The Guardian

‘Represents an important opportunity for meaningful engagement’

David Fargnoli, The Stage

‘An intelligently crafted and committed piece of political theatre that tackles an issue too often swept under the carpet’

Aleks Sierz, The Arts Desk

‘Utterly spellbinding…a vital piece of theatre’

Daz Gale, All That Dazzles


Billy Ashcroft, Debbie Chazen, Louisa Clean, Steve Furst, Rachel-Leah Hosker, Alex Waldmann, Hemi Yeroham

Writer: Jonathan Freedland
Co-Creator: Tracy-Ann Oberman
Co-Director: Audrey Sheffield
Co-Director: Vicky Featherstone
Design: Georgia de Grey
Lighting Design: Rory Beaton
Music and Sound Design: Ben & Max Ringham
Video Design: Reuben Cohen
Movement Direction: Abi Gortler
Musical Director: Candida Caldicot
Dramaturg: Tommo Fowler

Photos: Manuel Harlan