Weird how a whole building can feel different depending who’s in it.
Rachel, 20-something and vaguely employed, thinks she’s got a handle on her dysfunctional family. That is, until her granddad dies, the menorah goes out, and all hell breaks loose. Between her absentee brother, neurotic mother and a failing relationship, Rachel struggles to find a way to process her grief and keep her family intact in the process. Luckily cousin/confidante/DJ Bathsheba is always ready to go with words of wisdom.
Second Temple (Harry Porter Prize Winner 2023) is a dark-ish comedy about family, love, loss and Jewish idiosyncrasies. It is a fresh (not to mention funny) perspective on what it really means for multigenerational immigrant families to be ‘torn between two worlds’ (Bic Ngo).
After a sold-out rehearsed reading and acclaimed first run in Cambridge, Second Temple is headed for the London stage as part of Riverside Studio’s Bitesize Festival 2024 Programme.
“Deliberate, decisive and really f***ing funny.” ★★★★ Varsity