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`The Scapegoat.`

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The Scapegoat is at the Lady Lever Art Gallery, Port Sunlight, open 7 days a week.

After its rehearsed reading at Tate Britain, `The Scapegoat` had a rehearsed reading at London Jewish Museum, on February 17th. Its first full reading. Actors: Stephen Connery-Brown, Kate Cook, Ruth Lass, Drew McKenzie, and Neusha Milanian. I was so impressed with these actors, who managed to play their characters convincingly (and more) even though for most of them, the material, issues and histories in the play were not too familiar.

The Scapegoat was first written with the support of Manchester Art Gallery and Tikshoret Theatre Company, London. Act One was read at Manchester Art Gallery in March 2010. Ariella Eshed, artistic director of Tik-sho-ret, has been around throughout, sometimes in the background, now in the foreground. Her directorial views of the play have been useful to me, as have her responses to its characters and some of their dilemmas. 

The play is set in the nineteenth century, and the present. It deals with controversial issues. Art, (the art of the great Pre-Raphaelite William Holman Hunt,) the relationship of sisters, love, early political and Christian Zionism, and the Zionism of some people today. Not to mention the colourful and (today) politically incorrect attitudes and activities of the Victorian age. Pre-Raphaelites are popular at the moment - but the fact that Holman Hunt embraced Christian Zionism in his later years is not the focus of that popularity. It is one road taken by one of them. This is the road `The Scapegoat` explores. 

The play is now ready to move on into a full production.  If you are interested, contact me through this website, or by email:  deborahfreeman1@aol.com

*The Scapegoat is at the Lady Lever Art Gallery, Port Sunlight, open 7 days a week.

 

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