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UK tour of Julia Pascal’s play A Manchester Girlhood

A new play by Julia Pascal exploring idea that each person relives intense moments from a whole life in the moment before death.

In Bucharest 1910, Esther Goldenberg has been forced to marry Emanuel Jacobs. He is her parents’ choice. The two young Romanian Jews go to Manchester and have three daughters, Isabel, Edith and Pearl. Isabel’s only ambition is to be a doctor’s wife. Edith becomes a soldier. Pearl marries a GI. These three sisters are at the heart of the drama.

This dream-like text explores the idea that each person relives intense moments from a whole life in the moment before death.

Characters are seen both as children, young, mature and elderly women. This is not a linear drama. It is a mosaic that collages intense experiences within the outer drama of world events including World War Two and racism in the US.

The play explores the importance of women’s education, marriage and unexplored, erotic desire. These unknown women’s experiences offer the audience a sense of the large political framework through the lives of the unheard. The total effect is to expose the boundless energy of women who have not been allowed the education to fulfil their brilliant potential.


The show opens at Blackpool Old Electric Theatre on 20 April, Manchester Jewish Museum on 23 April, followed by London dates at Burgh House on 17 May and a run at JW3 from 21 – 23 May 2023.

To book your tickets, please check the venues and dates and select the appropriate link below:

20 April 2023, 7pm at the Old Electric Theatre, Blackpool, Booking: 23 April 2023, 7pm at Manchester Jewish Museum Booking:

17th May 2023, 7.00pm at Burgh House, Hampstead

21-23 May 2023 at 7.30pm at JW3, West Hampstead Booking:

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