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A tale of abandonment

By Chen Nan | China Daily | Updated: 2019-10-12 09:43

A scene from  The Child Dreams. [Photo provided to China Daily]

The play opens with a family at home, where a father, a mother and a little child live. The parents lovingly watch the sleeping child when suddenly war breaks out. The story then showcases the journey of the mother and her child to find asylum after the father is killed. They then go into exile in a distant land where they beg for safe shelter.

Speaking about the play, he says: "Hanoch Levin was an icon for me since I grew up dreaming of being in theater. The script strikes you hard, it totally stuns you.

"The thing I most strongly remember is that I thought the play was powerfully written that it was a difficult mission to put it on stage."

When it came to putting the play on stage, the first idea that came to Omri Rosenblum - the visual director and Doron's artistic partner - and Doron was about using the ocean as the basic landscape for the stage.

Explaining the background for the idea, Doron says: "In Israel, there is this game played by children called Yam-Yabasha (meaning: Sea-Land). In this game kids jump between two sides separated by a rope on the floor. If they get confused they are out of the game. And the ocean is a big part of this play, and of the real historical event in 1939. It is also a painful part of the current imagery of the refugee crisis in Europe and the world. So we knew that we needed to put an ocean on the stage somehow."

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