My Brother's Keeper
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Posted: November 12 2006


12 November 2006 ( - During the hard years of the Taliban, one thing kept the Jewish community of Afghanistan together.

They both hated each other.

Based on the true story of Afghanistan’s last two Jews, this production - described by the Scotsman as ‘fascinating and bizarre’ - comes to the Pleasance Islington after a five-star sell-out run on the Edinburgh fringe.

‘Every so often as a reporter you stumble upon a story that seems to prove that truth is stranger than fiction. Such was the tale of Yitzhak Levy and Zebolun Simanto’ Paul Holmes, Reuters

MY BROTHER’S KEEPER is an acerbic black comedy of religious intolerance, with only one religion. In a dilapidated old synagogue in Kabul during the final days of the Taliban regime, Yitzhak Levy and Zebolun Simanto are locked in a bitter squabble. They hurl insults at each other day and night, hold separate religious ceremonies and even denounce each other to the Taliban as Mossad spies.

‘wittily and astutely observed, the cast’s comic timing is simply honed to perfection … hard-hitting but hilarious’ Three Weeks ****

Critically acclaimed young playwright Michael J Flexer and director Oliver Mears follow the success of their collaboration on a new version of Mozart’s The Impresario earlier this year for Second Movement opera company (‘wittily scripted and well directed’ Independent on Sunday ‘deserves a loud bravo’ Metro) with this intelligent and provocative satire about a story that bemused the world.

‘leaves you with the desire to discuss it with everyone who has seen it … highly recommended!’ Scene4 Magazine *****

Produced by Apikoros, the play is followed by a selection of comedy and music. For full listings, please visit

‘exceptionally well written … superb … with witty and clever dialogue’ National Student Magazine ****

Press Night: 15 November Performance: 19.45 Followed by drinks and live music in the foyer bar

Listings information

Venue: Pleasance Islington StageSpace Dates: 14 November to 3 December (not Mon) Time: 7.45pm (5.15pm Sun) Tickets: £8.50 / concs £6.50 Box office: 020 7609 1800 or Further information and photos available from Rebecca Moss at Apikoros on 0779 382 1818 or or visit


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