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 death of his wife twelve years ago. His social contact is limited to reluctant visits to a Jewish Seniors Luncheon Club and meeting his neighbours in the lift or at the local shops. Afraid to leave his flat after dark, he feels a prisoner. Against this background he shares with the audience his spirited views on the failings of modern life. In addition though, he tells about the 1930's when as a strong and confident young man, he fought Oswald Mosley's British Union of Fascists who used to provoke the Jewish community in the East End of London with their anti-semitic rhetoric. In particular, Cyril describes taking part in the famous 'Battle of Cable Street' in 1936 when three thousand fascist Blackshirts were prevented from marching through the East End by a coalition of Jews, Communists and local workers. His vivd memories and observations are expressed with humour and compassion, and a smattering of Yiddish just to spice things up a little.
1m Cyril, (80's) - a Jewish widower.
One simple set.
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