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.
Checkpoint Chana at Finborough Theatre

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


Finborough Theatre

118 Finborough Road


SW10 9ED


4 to 20 March 2018

Running time: 80 mins (no interval)


£18, £16 concessions

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