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נקודת אור

Updated: Mar 15

נקודת אור


A show about Louis Braille, the boy who invented the alphabet for the blind

What can one do and say when one is asked to write a few lines about a show that leaves one speechless. What can one say about fifty minutes of pleasure that leave the children filled with wonder and the adults amazed? The words preclude the magic of the show which made out of very simple means, allows the spectators’ imagination to explode and to talk about the ineffable.”

A.L. Fonbaustier, Dernieres Nouvelles d’Alsace. 2002

Materials come from the world of writing: paper, ink, chalk, pencils. Mixed techniques : rod puppets, shadows, objects and masks. The performance flows between two areas, the theatrical (creative) and the technical (the tools) becoming a metaphor for the act of writing.

Concept, Direction, Text, Design, Puppets and performance: Patricia O'Donovan.

Music: Rachel Yatzkan

Stage Construction: Mario Keizman.

Produced by the Train Theater of Jerusalem with the support of the Jerusalem Foundation.

Patricia O'Donovan performed since the show's creation in 1994 until 2018 in Israel, France, Germany, Spain, Canada, Ireland, Switzerland, Luxemburg, Belgium, Italy, Brazil, India and Portugal in five languages: Hebrew, Spanish, English, French and German.

Due to heavy demand, Patricia directed Maya Behar, Deborah Benassouli and Lital Tiyano to take on some of the shows during the period 2006-2015, in France. Since 2018 Roni Golan performs in Israel.

Contact in Israel: The Train Theater. HERE

Festivals: HERE

Press Reviews HERE

Success in Europe:

Augenblick-mal is a festival in Berlin that every year presents the best of that year's theater in Germany plus that of a foreign country. In 1997 Israel was hosted and I was chosen for the category of Israeli Children's Puppet Theater to perform "Ein Lichtschimmer" (also called Der Lichtstrahl) , which I played in German.

I travelled to Berlin with important figures of Israeli theater like Orna Porat, Gila Almagor, Razi Amitai and Hagit Rechavi-Nicolayevsky. (Gila loved my acting and told me I should work in Habima. Hope she was serious!). The success of "Ein Lichtschimmer" was overwhelming, Wolfgang Shneider loved it and I was immediately invited to perform over the next years, touring Germany.

From 1998 onwards I toured France:

Map of performances in France

I played from the major cities to the smallest and remote villages of France. It was selected by the League of Teachers as a recommended show (Spectacles en recommandé /La Ligue de l'enseignement) for schoolchildren. As well it was part of the regular repertoire of national theaters in France for adult audiences.

The map just shows locations we marked

until 2004, but the show played till May 2017!!!!

I have been invited to perform representing Israel in international cultural events such as:

  • The 60th anniversary of the creation of the State of Israel, Vienna, Austria, 2008

  • The Week of Jewish Culture in Chemnitz, Germany, 1997

  • Culturescapes in Switzerland 2012.

  • My poster for the show click HERE


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