The Guardian, a British daily newspaper, worked in accordance with Caryl Churchill to produce a film of Seven Jewish Children: A Play for Gaza in April 2009, to “allow a larger audience to see the play in performance” (Nathan 1). This production is very simplistic and relies heavily on the text. It solely stars Jennie Stoller, sitting in front of a black wall with only her shoulders and face visible. This position of the camera forces the audience to look at the actor, but it removes the theatrical element of the width and distance of a stage. Because of this, and like many recorded videos of productions, the film almost seems like a recorded tes...
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...he text. The Warwick Student Drama production also emphasized the caring and protective emotion in the text, but this time with added atmosphere, conversation, and a busier, more realistic overview. The ROOM Productions performance was immersive but shared the thematic traits of the others, focusing on communication, unending cycles of children facing violence. and the audience’s individual experience. All in all, beyond the political connections and reactions, Seven Jewish Children: A Play for Gaza revolves around the instinctual and honest emotions of humanity, especially regarding children in wartime. Each performance pinpointed this theme, but the diverse use of theatrical elements differentiated each, just like all theater productions. Therefore, Churchill’s play, though short and multifaceted, was subject to various interpretations and, in turn, performances.
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