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New play to set the record straight on Norwich's Jewish history

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14.05.2022

"'I’ve never met a Jew before,’ is the most common response to my heritage in Norwich,” says Jane Prinsley.

“Most people seem so curious about Jewish culture and history, but there is a lot of misinformation,” she adds.

There most certainly is.

Now Jane and her friend Chloe France, two talented theatre-makers, writers and directors born and raised in the city, have come together to write a play called Where We Dwelt, a truthful and poignant tale that will help to put some of the records straight about Jewish people in Norwich.

And that includes the legend of the alleged killing in 1144 of a boy called William, which has cast a long, dark and bloody shadow over the history of the faith in Norfolk.

Where We Dwelt sharing at the National Centre for Writing, Dragon Hall. Featuring Jane Prinsley, Chloe France, Lauren Silver and Joseph Finlay. - Credit: Jonathan Levi

“The Jews were blamed for the supposed murder, and a local monk wrote some atrocious fake news (The Life and Miracle of Saint William of Norwich) that saw William become a pseudo saint, attracting pilgrims and leading to the demonization of Jews around England,” says Jane.

“This anti-Semitic conspiracy theory is known as a 'blood libel', and........

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