29 August 2020 – 27 September 2020

by Josh Azouz

The Orange Tree Theatre production of The Mikvah Project by Josh Azouz was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on 14 June 2020 as part of the Lockdown Theatre Festival, which was created by actor Bertie Carvel in response to the closure of theatres amid the coronavirus crisis. This “scratch festival” will bring to the airwaves of BBC Radio 3 and Radio 4 stage plays that had their scheduled runs cancelled or cut short by the pandemic.

The actors link up via the internet to record “down the line” from isolation, drawing on the muscle memory of fully realised stage productions to reimagine their performances for the radio.

★★★★ “Georgia Green’s production is an example of the alchemy that happens when you get the perfect combination of play and theatre.” Time Out

★★★★ “Josh Azouz’s tender, funny play… Poignant, thoughtful… about belief, identity and healing, delivered with a beguilingly light touch.” FT

★★★★ "Impeccably played by Alex Waldmann and Josh Zaré" The Jewish Chronicle 

LISTEN HERE until 27 September on BBC Sounds

Directed by Georgia Green with Sound Design by Lex Kosanke, the cast is Alex Waldmann and Josh Zaré.

OT Artistic Director Paul Miller on the broadcast: “Closing the Orange Tree Theatre when we had one of our best ever shows in performance was heartbreaking. Bertie Carvel’s inspired Lockdown Theatre Festival offers a golden chance for everyone to experience the magic of The Mikvah Project, as Josh Zaré and Alex Waldmann recreate their stage performances for your mind’s eye on Radio 4.”

Four productions were broadcast across the Festival’s launch weekend as part of BBC Arts’ Culture in Quarantine initiative. They were:

Radio 4 - Sun 14 June THE MIKVAH PROJECT by Josh Azouz
An Orange Tree Theatre production directed by Georgia Green with sound design by Lex Kosanke. Cast includes: Alex Waldmann, Josh Zaré

Radio 3 - Sun 14 June LOVE LOVE LOVE by Mike Bartlett
A Lyric Hammersmith production directed by Artistic Director Rachel O’Riordan with sound design by Simon Slater. Cast includes: Nicholas Burns, Patrick Knowles, Isabella Laughland, Mike Noble, Rachael Stirling

Radio 3 - Sat 13 June ROCKETS AND BLUE LIGHTS by Winsome Pinnock 
A Royal Exchange, Manchester production directed by Miranda Cromwell with sound design by Elena Pena & music by Femi Temowo. Cast includes Anthony Aje, Paul Bradley, Karl Collins, Kiza Deen, Natey Jones, Rochelle Rose, Matthew Seadon-Young, Kudzai Sitima, Cathy Tyson, Everal A Walsh

Radio 4 - Sat 13 June SHOE LADY by E.V. Crowe
A Royal Court Theatre production directed by Artistic Director Vicky Featherstone with sound design by Tony Gayle and music by Matthew Herbert. Cast includes: Archer Brandon, Tom Kanji, Kayla Meikle, Katherine Parkinson

News stories about Lockdown Theatre Festival

Evening Standard

Production photos by The Other Richard

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