Checkpoint Chana by Jeff Page
Tuesday 2 January 2018
First produced as a staged reading as part of Vibrant 2017, the world premiere of Checkpoint Chana by Jeff Page runs at the Finborough Theatre from 4 to 20 March 2018.
Image: Finborough Theatre
Checkpoint Chana examines the point where pro-Palestinian criticism of the government of Israel and anti-Semitism blur.
First seen as a staged reading as part of Vibrant 2017 - A Festival of Finborough Playwrights, the world premiere of Jeff Page's play is scheduled to run at the Finborough Theatre on Sunday and Monday evenings and Tuesday matinees from 4 to 20 March 2018.
Poet Bev Hemmings is in the eye of a storm after she publishes a poem that the world seems to believe is anti-Semitic.
She's convinced she's innocent, but everyone else - including her PA, Tamsin - wants her to apologise.
A press interview is planned to begin her public rehabilitation, but Bev's dying father, erratic behaviour and tendency to drink make her public contrition a complex process.
About the author
Jeff Page is a writer and voluntary sector worker.
He is a graduate of the John Burgess playwriting course at the Nuffield Theatre, Southampton. Plays include Attack of the A&E Zombies (Descent Theatre and Irlam Festival Fringe).
About the director
Manuel Bau is originally from Italy where he graduated in Theatre Directing in Venice and then trained at the London Film Academy and at the Lincoln Center Directors Lab. Direction includes Questions of Terrorism and Repression (Lion and Unicorn Theatre), A Feyre Tale (The Space, Edinburgh Fringe), The Man With The Flower in His Mouth (Christ Church College, Oxford), How Does That Make You Feel? (Lion and Unicorn Theatre), Soft the Moon Rose (Etcetera Theatre) and The White Room (Courtyard Theatre).
Direction of short plays includes Girls Just Want to Have Fun- Damental Human Rights, Girl of My Dreams and The Lottery (Theatre503 and Southwark Playhouse).
Assistant Direction includes Porgy and Bess (Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park), Le Grand Mort (Trafalgar Studios), How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (Royal Festival Hall) and Allegro (Southwark Playhouse).
Manuel was recently language consultant on the Encores production of Do I Hear A Waltz? at New York City Center.
To be announced
Writer - Jeff Page
Director - Manuel Bau
Producers - Marricdale Productions in association with Neil McPherson for the Finborough Theatre
118 Finborough Road
4 to 20 March 2018
Running time: 80 mins (no interval)
£18, £16 concessions