Inspired by train journeys, bumpy flights and the current news
Set in an acoustically great and intimate venue, There’s No Place Like comes to life again after it’s sold old performances last year in the West End and finds its home in this years Brick Lane Festival at the Old Truman Brewery.
Cast and creatives:
Written by Lilac Yosiphon
Directed by Marianne Mayer and Mike Cole
Set and costumes by Carolina Herran and Kitty Roe Music by Sam Elwin
Performed by Sam Elwin and Lilac Yosiphon
Music performed by Marcus Ridely-Frewin
Movement by Linda Farrow
Produced by Lucy Dobson
Associate Producer Philip Alexander
It’s a Thursday night in London and Jordan, played by Elwin, stumbles into the bar that Hannah ( the second most popular name for Jewish women), played by Yosiphon, is working. In a night of unspoken flirtation and missed moments we learn the fears and dreams of both characters. A drunk and rambling connection between two strangers sets both of our characters on different paths.
Wonderfully written by Althea Theatre’s Artistic Director Lilac Yosiphon, there was something so poignant about watching the show on June 8th, election day. Exploring immigration and segregation, these themes are made so much more real and tangible in the current parliamentary and brexit U.K.
Hannah “moved to London to get her voice back” and she soon becomes Jordan’s little mermaid. Through drunken conversation we learn that Hannah used to be a singing teacher but since coming to the U.K the only work she can find is in a bar…
Yosiphon and Elwin have such a lovely and genuine rapport between them and you can really feel the connection they make. They become each others comfort, as Jordan tries to escape his existence having lost his mother six months prior and just recently his job, while Hannah tries to make the pub her ‘home’.
With pub culture being a staple in ‘London life’ the play is set in such a lovely venue at the Old Truman Brewery. A slightly immersive element to the show, as you arrive the bar is open and in true character Yosiphon is working behind the bar and serving drinks. Mirroring elements of the musical ‘Once’ the audience are put at ease in this social show environment.
Yosiphon teaches us that not every immigrant has the same story and that we are unable to fully understand the politics and culture of another country until you have live it. Yosiphon provides humour as well as tackling such serious and difficult matters. Elwin has an awkward, as in a guy on a first date, quirk about him but this is what also makes for a charming and warm quality. There is a lovely moment when Hannah teaches Jordan an Israeli song – ‘A Song With No Name’, sharing part of her heritage and her passion for singing with both Jordan and the audience. The lyrics are not lost on the audience as they are translated within the programme so that the audience can understand the meaningfulness and power behind the words.
The show is currently playing in the Brick Lane Fringe Festival until June 11th before going international, performing at:
You can find out more about Althea Theatre here and you still have a few days to catch it in London.