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Christmas story with Jewish flavor

'The Latke Who Couldn't Stop Screaming' is being performed on stage in UK for first time
Published: 12.17.12, 08:13 / Israel Culture

VIDEO – At the Roundhouse Theater in the heart of North London, children and adults are being treated to a very special Christmas story with a distinctive Jewish flavor.


Lemony Snicket's "The Latke Who Couldn't Stop Screaming" is being performed on stage in the United Kingdom for the first time.


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JN1 spoke to the show's co-director, Olivia Jacobs, to find out more.


“'The Latke Who Couldn't Stop Screaming' tells the story of a potato pancake who begins life by being made by potatoes, onions, salt, and then is thrown into a pan of boiling oil," she says. "He jumps out of the pan, starts to run, and on his journey running away from that hot oil, tries to find a place where he can fit in.


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"He meets a candy cane, he meets some flashing lights, he meets a tree, and each one of them try to cram him in to the story of Christmas, where he doesn't quite fit, and so the story is about the search for a place he can fit in.”


"The Latke Who Couldn't Stop Screaming" is produced by YaD Arts, a charity that aims to bring different cultures together through the arts. The charity produced the play in association with Tall Stories – a storytelling theater company.


The actors rehearsed for three weeks, but the play has been in development for the past two years.


The play was produced to be enjoyed by the whole family, in particular children. Judging by the response of the school children watching the matinee performance the rave reviews will keep coming in.


This festive family fun needs to be snapped up soon as the play will be performed until December 30, and tickets are selling fast.



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