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  • YaYa As presents

    The Wise Men of Chelm

    Mon 12th and Tue 13th Aug at 9pm
    Tickets £15
    Have you ever met a Jewish man you haven’t liked? Don’t answer that question. The complex... and not-so-complex men seen in today’s Jewish society.

    Yaya As... presents hilarious and uncomfortably familiar stories of Jewish men grappling with their masculinity and whether or not to call their mums back. 

    Can you help Aaron prepare for his Bar Mitzvah so he gets a standing ovation? Did you know Jewish Rock is a valid genre of music? Let Mordy, a professional camp counsellor, teach the rules of Jewish summer camp with his guitar, also named Mordy. Just John is an active listener and wants to give you the space to ask him out on a date. These Jewish men will pull at your heartstrings, get you hot and heavy, and teach you a thing or two about feminism. 

    Growing up, Yaya was made to feel that despite their efforts to engage with the religion, there was a holiness and wiseness that only men could achieve. But being left out of the clique allowed Yaya to see the cracks in the rules these men uphold. Through drag, Yaya As... embodies the men they’ve known, loved, tolerated and mostly wanted to be.

    Welcome to Yaya's “city of fools”, otherwise known as “The Wise Men of Chelm.” 

    Directed by Lara Robinson.
    Photography by Tom Trevatt.
    More info at @yaelelisheva on instagram. 

    A note on accessibility, a pre-show audio description will be made available at each venue via QR code.

    Content Notice
    Running Time 60 mins
    Wheelchair Accessible
    Wheelchair Accessible
    Assistance dogs welcome
    Assistance dogs welcome
    Content Notice
    Content NoticeAge Guidance 16+

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