Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story
25 Belvoir Street, Surry Hills, NSW, 2010, Australia
12th January 2019 to 15th January 2019
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. 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.