Éternels Vagabonds perform Israeli play Ya’akobi & Leidental this afternoon (Friday 5 August) at 4.30pm at the Etcetera Theatre, as part of Camden Fringe 2016.
First premiered in Tel-Aviv in 1972, this grotesque comedy about a love triangle gone wrong is written by Hanoch Levin, one of Israel’s most celebrated playwrights, and translated by Shir Freibach.
Two best friends’ relationship is ruined by their pursuit of happiness. When one of them meets a woman with a big behind, a cruel game of petty manipulations begins between the three desperate souls.
Israeli actress Adi Lev said: “I think his whole style is unique. They perform his plays all across the world but this is only the second time that it has been performed here.
“It has this amazing mixture of crudeness and volatile characters that are very passionate and quite ridiculous at the same time. But at the same time there is painful truth about who we are.
“It is a straightforward plot, three childlike characters who share their thoughts with the audience, Brecht style, with songs. It is all about being entertaining at the same time as exposing truths that they don’t really want to hear about themselves.”
Éternels Vagabonds is the collaboration of Adi and Hungarian director Bence Kalo. The company was brought to life after they met at the École Nomade, a two-week workshop with world-famous French director Ariane Mnouchkine and members of Le Théâtre du Soleil in September 2015.
Hungarian director Bence trained originally as a psychologist. After obtaining a BA in psychology, he came to study at the University of Kent on the MA Directing course.
Adi is a first lieutenant of the Israeli Army. After completing an acting and creative writing course in two prestigious art academies in Israel, she came to study classical acting at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.
Bence said: “It is the first show of this company. We are planning to stage more Israli and eastern European productions. So it is an exciting debut for us as well, seeing how the audience reacts to this material. It is a very specific style of writing.”
Adi continued: “I think Israel is quite straight forward. This Jewish mentality, along with the Israeli straight forward, army briskness and rudeness. Just focus on the goals in life. All these character ate crystallised in a human essence.”
For more details and tickets visit www.camdenfringe.com
Photographs by Shay Rowan.