Author Archives: jcsolomons

Outrageous bullying for the good of the family in G B Stern’s The Matriarch

Detailed discussion of The Matriarch by G. B.Stern from Kate MacDonald on her blog.

2340220There is something particularly enjoyable about a female villain in fiction, written for readers who expect women to be pure, perfect, and positive. I did a podcast miniseries in 2012 on jaw-droppingly awful, truly appalling female characters, all behaving badly. It was immense fun to research and write, because these characters are so vile that when I’m reading them, they make me (metaphorically) rise up and shout in outrage. In G B Stern’s The Matriarch (1924) we are cowering before the most unstoppably interfering Jewish mother I’ve ever read.d0ff8d6a3b4f2ef592b67665a77444341587343

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Joseph Kessler’s Pavillion Theatre

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Performances began at the Pavilion Theatre in Whitechapel in the early 1890s. By 1906 it had become established as the home of Yiddish theatre in London, and remained popular into the mid-1930s. Four actor-managers were central to the theatre’s direction and development – Sigmund Feinman, Maurice Moscovitch, Joseph Kessler and Fanny Waxman. The theatre was sustained by a number of resident London actors who regularly appeared there.

Europeana Yiddish Theatres in London

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Bernard Kops on Spitalfields Life website

“It’s amazing I have lived so long, after all the drugs that I have taken in my life!” declared Bernard Kops with a certain genial alacrity – speaking now as a sprightly eighty-six year old – when I visited him and his wife of fifty-eight years, Erica, in Finchley last week. Yet once he told me his stories of growing up in Stepney Green in the nineteen thirties, I understood how those experiences might instill a keen will to live which could, in part at least, account for his glorious longevity..  Read more at Spitalfields Life

http://spitalfieldslife.com/2012/05/27/bernard-kops-writer/

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Alexander the Greatest TV series by Bernard Kops

Alexander The Greatest (ITV 1971-1972 with Gary Warren and Sydney Tafler)

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UK / ITV – ATV / 13×30 minute episodes / Broadcast 15 July 1971 – 31 May 1972

Writer: Bernard Kops / Script Editor: Philip Hinchcliffe / Producer/Director: Shaun O’Riordan

Sitcom.Young Jewish schoolboy Alexander Green is desperate to escape the confines of his suburban home life.

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GARY WARREN as Alexander Green
SYDNEY TAFLER as Joe Green
LIBBY MORRIS as Fay Green (season one)
STELLA MORAY as Fay Green (season two)
ADRIENNE POSTA as Renata Green
PETER BIRREL as Murray (season one)
CYRIL SHAPS as Barney (season one)
VIC WISE as Archie (season one)
DAVID LODGE as Sam (season two)

THE EPISODES
SEASON ONE 15 July – 19 September 1971
1. A WEEK TO LIVE
2. THE THIRD WORLD STARTS TONIGHT
3. THE ALL NIGHT PARTY
4. THE MATCH
5. THE DISENGAGEMENT OF MURRAY AND RENATA
6. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY

SEASON TWO 1 March – 31 May 1972
1. CHARITY ENDS AT HOME
2. THE NEW POLICY
3. ISRAEL NEEDS YOU?
4. KICKING THE FILTHY HABIT
5. THE 21 YEAR ITCH
6. SAM LEAVES HOME
7. RENATA’S SECRET AFFAIR

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Arnold Wesker’s Copy Bernard Kops’ The World is a Wedding

Bernard Kops’s “The World is a Wedding” (London: Mayflower-Dell, 1966). Not all post-market portraiture is elegant. Kops modified this presentation copy of his autobiography for his friend and colleague Arnold Wesker, whose archive resides at the Ransom Center. Kops removed the original cover and replaced it with the inverted cover torn from a paperback copy of Evelyn Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited, which he then decorated with pen and a family photo. In his inscription on the title page, Kops explains, “I hated the… cover so much I made my own. Yours Bernard Kops December 65.” Photo by Pete Smith.

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Kops’ Kids

Kops’ Kids —See the film

In an effort to create leaders in Gypsy communities and teach tolerance, we follow famous playwright Bernard Kops to the only high school dedicated specifically to teaching the Roma (gypsies). The students start from the very basics as they learn the play The Dreams of Anne Frank and often frustrate Kops. This and the next film were distributed around European High Schools to teach tolerance.

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Barrow Boy Playwright

http://www.britishpathe.com/video/barrow-boy-playwright/query/Family

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Academic News for Jeremy (founder of this blog)

10421952_731492330252294_2585214107974415574_n_(2).jpgI am very excited to tell everyone I know that for the next year I will be Visiting Scholar at Boston University in The Elie Wiesel Center for Jewish Studies​.  These last two years have been a period of transition (never Van Morrison‘s best record), and this gives me a real chance to have an academic community close to where I live and the use of many of the facilities at BU.  Thank you, Michael Zank​ for the invitation.

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The Promised Land: Utopia and Dystopia in Contemporary British-Jewish Culture

The Promised Land: Utopia and Dystopia in Contemporary British-Jewish Culture.

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Interview

just linked to a 2011 interview that Kops did for the JC.
http://wp.me/P2keti-2R

http://www.thejc.com/arts/arts-interviews/59829/interview-bernard-kops

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