Sydney Festival Presents: Old Stock

Sydney Festival Presents: Old Stock

A dark, funny and high-energy klezmer-folk tale inspired by the real-life story of two Romanian Jews seeking refuge in Canada in 1908. 

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It’s early 20th century Halifax and Chaim and Chaya, hounded from home, are waiting for immigration to decide their future, under threat of tuberculosis and typhus. Will they survive in this new land? 

With neo-klezmer songs written by director Christian Barry and acclaimed genre-bending performer and musician Ben Caplan (Sydney Festival 2014), this quirky one-act musical is written by award-winning playwright Hannah Moscovitch, who based it on the story of her own Jewish great-grandparents. 

This bewitching music-theatre hybrid and cautionary tale for modern times – performed with instruments ranging from fiddle to clarinet, accordion, banjo and megaphone – was nominated for six Drama Desk Awards, won multiple Edinburgh Fringe awards and was a New York Times Critic's Pick.

Book your ticket for Wed 16 January at 7.30pm to take part in a Sydney Morning Herald Q&A With the Artists after the performance.

Running Time: 80 Minutes
The Risky Stuff:
This performances contains haze, dynamic lighting, some coarse language. 
Lockout applies. Latecomers to be admitted at a suitable moment in the productions. 

Presented at Belvoir St Theatre by 2B Theatre Company.
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  • 12 Jan - 20 Jan, 19
  • Regular price $71.00 $25.00 Playwave Price

  • All Ages

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