19-24 October 2015
Reviewed by Meresa Bergin
Going to the theatre is always something I look forward to, Brighton’s Theatre Royal is my local one and by far one of my favourites, it is not one of the biggest but there is something very special about it. It is a beautiful building and I love the area it leads out onto, there are plenty of places to eat and drink if you really want to make the most of the night. The theatre also has snacks and drinks at reasonable prices.
I love the Autumn, the dark nights and I will say it Christmas time approaching. Arriving at the theatre when it is cold outside is always special to me, going inside the nice warm building. Staff are so welcoming and really make you feel important and are eager to make your night memorable.
I had read a little about Bad Jews so I had some idea of what the play was about and was really looking forward to it and it did not disappoint.
Bad Jews tells the story of three cousins whom are all very different, we have Daphna who is very passionate and proud of her Jewish roots, wanting to protect this at all cost, even seemingly being mocked by her family as being over the top and having a boyfriend who does not exist. Liam is Daphna’s opposite in all respects, also very proud and passionate but seemingly wanting to live his life his own way not by his roots but be his own person, and in the middle of them is his brother Jonah who is sweet and caring, someone who just wants a simple life and for everyone to get along but holds a lot of pain inside. The play is based on one night with all three siblings together in one small flat trying to prove why they should have their grandfathers most prized item after he has died.
This play is outstanding in my eyes, all the actors really held their own and you could see the story from all points of views, you could really feel who they were which is rare. Antonia Kinlay as Melody was wonderful, I loved how she made Melody so light and cheerful but with a strong heart that wanted the best for everyone, I loved her scenes with Daphna where you could see and feel Daphna in some ways probably wished sometimes to just allow herself to be liked.
Alisha Joy was remarkable for me, I truly loved how she portrayed Daphna who was my favourite, everything about her. She appears to just basically be a pain in the backside but you can feel how much she just wants to be liked, especially in the session with Jonah and how she just cannot quite work out a way to do this. Her parts with Daniel Boyd were so much fun, I loved all the bickering between them and the lines they had were so funny!
“This is just like an ad for Match.com” was one of the best!
As I said I loved all the lines and the script, there is however a lot of bad language I didn’t expect so whilst it wasn’t an issue for me I was a little shocked by it so some who are easily offended might struggle with it.
I loved the set design it was well thought out and looked very real, how you would imagine it to look and I adored the music being played at the beginning. My video game mad husband was pleased to see Jonah playing a video game as it started and telling me he played the same one!
This play is truly special, it is funny and heart-warming as well as a little heart-breaking, the final scene broke my heart. I think this would be good as a series of plays or something along those lines. I would love to see Liam and Daphna bickering as they grow older and have families. I feel I would get enjoyment out of them, 1 hour and 45 minutes was not enough for me at all!
Not a play that would come to notice right away I feel but one that is very important and a must see, there is something for everyone I think.
Tickets cost from £15.90 to £37.90 (plus £2.85 transaction fee).
Bad Jews is at the Theatre Royal in Brighton until 24 October 2015. For more information or to book tickets click here or call the box office on 0844 871 7650.
Theatre Royal. New Road, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 1SD | 0844 871 7650