UCL Hebrew & Jewish Studies


A Season of Yiddish Theatre: Yiddish Theatre Workshop- Mirele Efros

25 February 2024, 1:00 pm–3:00 pm

black and white photo of people gathered around a desk- probably a scene in the play

Learn about one of the great Yiddish plays, discuss the history of Yiddish theatre, then read and act out extracts from Mirele Efros (play) in the original Yiddish with English translation. Suitable for any Yiddish language and theatre experience (including none!)

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UCL, the Yiddish Café Trust and JW3 are thrilled to present a season of Yiddish theatre at JW3. The diverse performances include an evening devoted to the London Yiddish stage, a staged reading of a classic play, a Yiddish theatre workshop and the premiere of a modernist masterpiece (translated into English by Sonia Gollance).

Series funded in part by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), part of UK Research and Innovation.

Please note that no knowledge of Yiddish is required, since either the Yiddish will be accompanied by English translations, or English translations will be used in the performances.

In this workshop, we will learn about Mirele Efrosone of the great Yiddish plays (known as the "Yiddish Queen Lear"), and discuss the history of Yiddish theatre in London and around the world. We will read and act out extracts from Mirele Efros in the original Yiddish with English translation.

This workshop is suitable for people with all levels of Yiddish (including complete beginners) and all levels of theatre experience (including complete beginners)!

Note: This workshop is connected to JW3's season of Yiddish theatre, including an English reading of Mirele Efros.

About the Workshop Leaders

Tamara Micner

Tamara Micner is a performer, playwright & Yiddish teacher in London. She teaches Yiddish with Babel's Blessing and The Workers' Circle, and completed advanced Yiddish studies at the Paris Yiddish Centre, where she studied Yiddish theatre and took part in the weekly theatre workshop. As an award-winning theatre artist, she has created and performed plays for more than 10 years, including What You're MissingHolocaust Brunch and A Secret Life. She is currently co-writing the East End Yiddish panto Yankl & Der Beanstalkwww.tamaramicner.com

Sonia Gollance

Sonia Gollance is Lecturer in Yiddish at UCL. A scholar of Yiddish theatre and dance, she has taught Yiddish folk dance at venues such as KlezNorth, the JMI Summer Schools and Yiddish New York. Her book, It Could Lead to Dancing: Mixed-Sex Dancing and Jewish Modernity (Stanford University Press, 2021), was a National Jewish Book Awards (USA) finalist. She is the Managing Editor of Plotting Yiddish Drama, a project of the Digital Yiddish Theatre Project. She is the translator of Tea Arciszewska’s play Miryeml and is currently developing a project on Yiddish plays by women. www.soniagollance.com