The wolf in the water

Alderman, N (2016) The wolf in the water.

Item Type: Audio
Creators: Alderman, N
Abstract: What happened to Jessica, Shylock's daughter in The Merchant of Venice? In the original Shakespeare, Jessica is a minor but fascinating character, Shylock's only daughter, who leaves him to convert to Christianity and marry Lorenzo. We are left rather uncertain about how that marriage is going to work out. It's also implicit that the conversion isn't going to be easy on either party. ... The Wolf in the Water by Naomi Alderman is an imaginative response to The Merchant of Venice, in which we meet an older Jessica in 1615, secretly still practising her Jewish faith in a turbulent Venice that is increasingly hostile to Jews. A murder, twenty innocent Jews facing death - Jessica becomes embroiled in a mystery that challenges her apparently settled life and reconnects her with her identity. The year may be 1615, but the themes are universal and relevant. What drives one group to persecute another? What shameful deeds are done by those to whom we entrust our money? Can we ever be cosmopolitans - citizens of all nations and none - or will our ethnicity, our religion, even the ineradicable traces of God, always draw us back, perhaps to doom ourselves?
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Date: May 2016


Jessica ..... Pippa Bennett-Warner
Lorenzo ..... Scott Arthur
Anna ..... Jennifer Tan
Augusta .....Tracy-Ann Oberman
Tubal ....Vincent Ebrahim
Thief 1 ..... Philip Nightingale
Thief 2 ..... Philip Jennings

Writer, Naomi Alderman
Producer, Polly Thomas
Sound designer, Elosie Whitmore
Additional Venice sound, Enrico Coniglio
Development producer, Russell Finch

Divisions: School of Writing, Publishing and the Humanities
Date Deposited: 05 Jun 2018 13:00
Last Modified: 05 Jan 2022 16:51
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