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Review: Jericho’s Rose, at Hope Theatre

31 October, 2018 — By Ellen O’Riordan

Lilac Yosiphon in Jericho’s Rose. Photo: Lidia Crisafulli

“WHERE do you live?” The question seems so simple, but Lilac Yosiphon’s play about searching for home proves otherwise.

Jericho’s Rose follows a displaced playwright who struggles to keep her feet on the ground. Jasmine (Yosiphon) loves London but, like so many, is sent away due to visa complications. “You are not exceptional enough,” explains her lawyer.

The play is structured around Jasmine’s visits to her grandfather in Tel Aviv. But returning to her place of birth does not provide her with a sense of belonging – she still aches for London.

Yosiphon shows that home is not always a physical place, but also a mental state. Her grandfather, whose memory deteriorates throughout the performance, is also struggling to find his place.

He asks again and again: “Where am I?” Jasmine describes his surroundings, but his confusion prevails.

Yosiphon skillfully flits between the two characters. She manages to round her frame and scrunch her face so we recognise the shape of an old man. As Jasmine, her movements are fluid, often breaking into mime or dance. What Yosiphon does effectively, is demonstrate the collaborative power of music, drama and movement. Sam Elwin’s guitar score is a necessary accompaniment to the sometimes pedestrian script.

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