Dzherzhinsky, Stephan (aka Stephen Dunbar, British playwright, actor, director, singer, b. London, England, April 13, 1950-____), “Cyril’s Story,”
a 20-minute drama in English, set in a flat on the ninth floor of a London Council tower block, the present,
© 2007 by Stephan Dzherzhinsky;
• in Stephan Dzherzhinsky’s Cyril's Story (London: The Author, 2007);
• script/rights available from Stephen Dunbar, 233 Falloden Way, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London NW11 6LS, England, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Cited by Stephen Dunbar, July 28, 2007; Dunbar says,
Cyril (m), 87, a Jewish widower.
“Cyril . . . lives alone in a flat on the ninth floor of a London Council tower block. He is isolated and lonely, and has not recovered from the his sense of loss following the death of his wife twelve years ago. His social contact is limited to reluctant visits to a Jewish Seniors Luncheon Club and occasional meetings with his neighbours at the local shops and in the lift. Afraid to leave his flat after dark he feels like a prisoner. Against this background he shares with us his sprited views on the failings of modern life. In addition though, he also tells us about the 1930's when as a strong and confident young man, he and his friends fought the British Union of Fascists who used to provoke the Jewish community in the East End of London with their anti semitic rhetoric. In particular, he describes his role in the famous ‘Battle of Cable Street’ in 1936 when three thousand Blackshirt fascists were prevented from marching through the Jewish East End by a coalition of Jews, Communists, local workers and the police. His memories and observations are expressed with compassion and humour, and with a smattering of Yiddish just to spice things up a little.
“Stephan Dzherzhinsky is a former professional actor and classical singer. He also has experience of directing and running a theatre company. He is now a full time playwright.”
• Research could include British Union of Fascists - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Union_of_Fascists, accessed July 30, 2007.
• Also, research could include Battle of Cable Street - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Cable_Street, accessed July 30, 2007.
• Also, research could include cockney history, east end history, jewish londoners, william the conqueror, steven berkoff, bevis marks synagogue, http://www.eastlondonhistory.com/jewish%202003.htm, accessed July 30, 2007.
• Other plays by Stephan Dzherzhinsky include The Singing Club and This Enchanting Man.
anti-semitism, Battle of Cable Street (East End, London, October 4, 1936), bereavement, death, Fascism, grief, isolation, Jewishness, loneliness, loss, misanthropy, Mosley (Oswald Mosley, British politician, philosopher, Fascist leader, 1896-1980, http://www.oswaldmosley.com/), reclusiveness, widowhood, Yiddish.