Gone For A Burton by Norma Cohen
Rehearsed reading of Norma Cohen’s new play, directed by Jake Murray (Strindberg’s Women, Jermyn Street Theatre; Royal Exchange, Manchester; Tricycle Theatre, London; Minerva Theatre, Chichester)
Sound by Calum Bell
`So sharp, authentic, laugh-out-loud funny and terribly moving, to say nothing about the sheer political relevance of where we find ourselves today.’ (Roma Gibson, producer, BFI Media)
In the backwaters of 1956 Liverpool, irascible tailor Label Levanksy battles with his old sparring partner from the stetl, Moyshie Oshinsky, when he opens a Burton’s menswear chain store across the road, threatening Label with bankruptcy. As livelihoods hang by a thread, Label’s one-track Communist politico son Jack’s idealism is cracked by news of Stalin’s crimes, Jack’s wife Nella clamours for independence via a new preoccupation with modern art whilst daughter Rosa strains towards the heady beat of rock ‘n’ roll.
Norma Cohen has written nonfiction, fiction & drama about her Russian, Jewish, Communist, Liverpudlian heritage, recently in Radiant Illusion (Eden Valley, 2015), Jewish Quarterly & Jewish Renaissance. Books include Theatre Works (National Theatre) & Bouquet with Flying Lovers (Gally Press). She’s co-founder of Sidewalk & Ship of Fools theatre companies. As an actor, recent theatre includes The Wardrobe Project, Who Do We Think We Are? (Visible Theatre/Southwark Playhouse), Yarning (Birmingham MAC) & Two Sisters(Yvonne Arnaud, Epsom Playhouse, Upstairs at the Gatehouse).