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Steven Berkoff "The Catholic Church must apologise to Jews for its sins"

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An article by Steven in The Jewish Chronicle, 8 Sept 2022.

"As heartfelt public apologies are made for the crimes of slavery, it would be very welcome if the Catholic Church said sorry for the hideous atrocities perpetrated against the Jews".

"There is very little understanding of the blood libel, a filthy lie promulgated largely by the Catholic church. And there is also an unfortunate ignorance of Jewish ritual and Jewish law. We actually get rid of blood. The idea that Jews are obsessed with it was a projection of their own narrow-minded interpretation… In the following century, having milked the Jews for years, Edward I expelled them. And it was in England, of course, where Jews first had to suffer the ignominy of wearing a badge of identification”.

For the full article click here.

 

 

 

 

They Shall Not Pass: The Battle of Cable Street in Yarm, UK

 

An Evening with Steven Berkoff – They Shall Not Pass: The Battle of Cable Street followed by a discussion with Berkoff.

In is at the Princess Alexandra Auditorium in Yarm, North Yorkshire on 20 Sept 2022.  More details on the theatre website click here.



Dog/ Actor at the Edinburgh Festival

Steven Berkoff - Dog/ Actor - Threedumb Theatre 

Threedumb Theatre present two one-man Berkoff plays, Dog and Actor from 4-26 Aug 2022.

"Two hilarious and explosive plays written by Steven Berkoff, performed back-to-back by the same actor. Dog follows a day in the life of a racist football hooligan and his beloved pit bull terrier Roy, who changes his life. Actor is a spoken-word monologue which delves into the heart of the acting industry, humorously and poignantly portraying the trying life of a struggling artist. Without the use of any set or props, Dog / Actor presents a masterclass in physical theatre and comedic storytelling, promising a thrilling theatrical experience".

The venue is Greenside @ Infirmary Street - Olive Studio in Edinburgh.  For more details click here.


The Prizefighter on Amazon Prime

Steven Berkoff - The Prizefighter 

Steven Berkoff has a supporting role in The Prizefighter, released on Amazon Prime on 22 Jul 2022.  Russell Crowe and Matt Hookings take the lead roles.

"In 1800 Jem Belcher became the youngest ever world boxing champion. Belcher, played by Matt Hookings, dominated his early fights with his unique skill, speed, and scientific approach and soon became Champion of England, a natural talent oozing with charm, style, and grace. After a life-changing accident risked ending his career forever, he begins a long, grueling road to recovery which eventually sees him compete in a death-defying standoff – known only as The Forgotten Fight of the Century – to reclaim his title once and for all as England’s youngest boxing champion".

Steven Berkoff - The Prizefighter

 




Steven Berkoff on Putin and Brecht

Steven on recent events in Ukraine.

As Russian leader Vladimir Putin appears to be playing from the Hitler playbook one cannot be more acutely aware of such ‘gangster’ politics than Bertolt Brecht in his formidable play ‘The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui’, 1941, when in the final lines he writes;


“If only we could act instead of talking,
We wouldn’t always end up on our arse…..
Don’t yet rejoice in his defeat you men
Although the world stood up and stopped the bastard
The bitch that brought him is in heat again!”

It is on facebook here.




A message from Steven Berkoff on the anniversary of 9/11

Steven Berkoff Poems for the Working Class

Steven has recorded a message ahead of the 20th anniversary of 9/11, and he reads a short extract from his poem Requiem for Ground Zero.  It is on facebook here.

 




Brighton, film adaptation of Brighton Beach Scumbags

Brighton is based on Brighton Beach Scumbags but updated to 2005.  The actors are Larry Lamb (playing Derek),  Phil Davis (Dave). Lesley Sharp (Doreen) and Marion Bailey (Dinah).  The director is Stephen Cookson who also directed other Berkoff work- Tell Tale Heart, Heroes and Villains and They Shall Not Pass.

Steven Berkoff Brighton film

Steven Berkoff Brighton film

Steven Berkoff Brighton film

It is released on digital channels (not sure which).  Images from the trailer.

 

Get your own personalised video from Steven

Steven Berkoff message 

You can get Steven to record a personalised message for you.  Details are here.


DVD of Six Actors in Search of a Director

Berkoff Six Actors in Search of a Director 

There is now a DVD of a live performance of Berkoff's play Six Actors in Search of a Director, with Berkoff directing but not acting.


Films and television

The Vikings

Recent work by Berkoff in films and television include the television series The Vikings.


Too late, you missed it


One Act plays in New York

Steven Berkoff - Lunch 

A double bill of one act plays by Steven Berkoff and Caryl Churchill presented by Potomac Theatre Project. Berkoff's play is Lunch in its New York premiere directed by Richard Romagnoli. The two actors are Bill Army and Jackie Sanders.

"A woman and man, (ostensibly) strangers, engage in a provocative encounter that forces them to recognise their loneliness".

The Caryl Churchill plays are Hot Fudge and Here We Go.

The plays are on from 6 - 31 Jul 2022 at the Atlantic Theater -  Stage 2.  For more details click here.

 

They Shall Not Pass: The Battle of Cable Street

Berkoff They Shall Not Pass: The Battle for Cable Street DVD

Steven Berkoff's one-man show They Shall Not Pass: The Battle of Cable Street in the Princess Alexandra Auditorium in Yarm on 18 May 2022.  The show if followed by a Q&A session.

"A performance of Steven's most recent one man play, They Shall Not Pass: The Battle of Cable Street, followed by a Q&A session with Steven hosted by actor and director Rob Clilverd.
October, 1936. Three thousand fascists, led by Oswald Mosley, march on Cable Street in the heart of the Jewish East End. Six thousand Metropolitan Police officers are on hand to defend them. But London’s socialists, trade unionists, immigrants and dock workers are ready to meet the fascists – and their message is clear and united: “They shall not pass."

For more details click here.”

 

The Secret Love Life of Ophelia

Berkoff The Secret Love Life of Ophelia 


Greenwich Theatre in London are staging a revival of Berkoff's The Secret Love Life of Ophelia. Helen Mirren will play Gertrude and the roles of Hamlet and Ophelia, told in letters to each other, will be performed by 39 actors each reading a letter, giving each actor the chance to play Hamlet or Ophelia.

I saw the original production (in a theatre) and it is highly recommended.

It is on 31 Jul- 14 Aug 2020 on the Greenwich Theatre's free YouTube site.
https://greenwichtheatre.org.uk/

 



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