£3 @ Rich Mix, London
The Man Who Became A Room is an exciting new play inspired by the non-fiction best-seller Rodinsky’s Room by Rachel Lichtenstein and Iain Sinclair.
An ensemble piece featuring storytelling and physical theatre, it follows the story of Rachel, a young artist in her early twenties, who becomes increasingly obsessed with a man called Rodinsky who disappeared from a room above a derelict East End synagogue in the late 60s. Her determination to find out who he was and what happened to him leads her on an eccentric journey to the lost world of the Jewish East End and its origins in Eastern Europe . On the way she has experiences that veer from the comic to the mystical, flirts with Jewish orthodoxy, and falls in love with a British Asian man. Only when she finally lays Rodinsky’s ghost to rest, does she manage to integrate these multiple identities , emerging into today’s very different East End and a future that embraces the multi-cultural Britain of today.
Playwright Sonja Linden, director Sam Brown and Associate Producer Josephine Burton present this as a work in progress, and would very much welcome audience feedback after the performance.