Seven Jewish Children fails to win award
The controversial Caryl Churchill short play Seven Jewish Children went empty-handed at the Gala Awards Final of Short+Sweet play festival at NIDA’s Parade Theatre on Saturday night.
The play was written in response to the 2008-2009 Israeli operation in Gaza and consists of seven short scenes about crucial stages in the history of Israel which explore the difficulties of explaining violence to children. The sensitive production of the piece directed by Sarah Goodes was well-received but beaten to the top awards by local play “It’s All the Rage” by Melbourne writer Carl J Sorheim.
Among the winners was Brett Heath (picking up runner-up Best Actor) in the title role of Death in Nir Shelter’s and Terence Foltyn’s funny “Life of Death”.
Embattled federal arts minister Peter Garrett (pictured) was among the presenters.