Manchester Jewish Museum

Synagogue Scratch

A series of work in progress performances exploring stories of Jewish Manchester

Join us this Spring for ‘Synagogue Scratch’. This inaugural season celebrates Jewish Mancunian works in progress. Come and see shows ranging from debuts and script in hand developmental pieces, to fully formed theatrical work.

This season we are supporting the work of local, up-and-coming artists who are telling Jewish Mancunian stories. We want you to be the first people to see a project up on its feet and help the artists develop their material. All in the stunning setting of our historic, grade II* listed Spanish & Portuguese synagogue.

So, whether you’re into TV sitcoms, theatre or thought-provoking historical pieces, come and support brave and bold new work this Spring at Manchester Jewish Museum.

Our spring line-up includes:

Beth’s Din by Ellie Silver
26 March 2023, 7pm

A work-in-progress, script in hand comedy sitcom about Manchester’s first ever female rabbi and her struggle for acceptance. Written and performed by a Manchester-based actress and comedian, Ellie Silver.

We Wish You Long Life by Amy Lever
2 April 2023, 7pm

A work-in-progress theatrical piece, developed from a short play by a Mancunian Jewish actor and writer, Amy Lever, passionate about telling northern contemporary stories with a Jewish influence. Estranged half brothers, Steven and David are brought together for a shiva where long buried family secrets are brought to the surface.

A Manchester Girlhood by Julia Pascal
23 April 2023, 7pm

A theatre play about three daughters of Romanian Jews who grow up in Manchester during the 20th century and experience war, love, loss and rivalry. A story deeply rooted in the director’s family history.

All tickets this season include entry to the show and an opportunity to chat to the artists after the performance to help shape their piece. You will also get one post-performance drink (white or red wine, beer or tea/coffee) from the museum’s Café.