Our theatre company “The JEWish Cabaret” is an egalitarian theatre collaborative dedicated to challenging the perceptions of the general public on what it means to be Jewish by creating innovative theatrical productions inspired by our dialogue with our own Jewish Identity.
Since its creation, The JEWish Cabaret has written and produced two Purim cabarets/adult pantomimes based on stories from the Old Testament, as well as a musical revue which raised funds for the persecuted LGBTQ community in Chechnya.
In 2018 we created an original new musical named “Jew You Love Me?” which was written in a devised process with our cast and tackled modern issues of love, religion and sexuality. It has since performed successfully in London and in Israel.
We hope to continue to create original material connecting contemporary Jewish culture with the world of theatre and the British public. In doing so we believe we contribute to the London theatre scene by creating a platform which provides quality entertainment drawing on the Jewish traditions while challenging them with humour, satire and pride.
We aim to create and maintain a community of theatre makers who work together and support each other in their creative undertakings. We believe this provides a safe framework which incubates the talents of young artists of all faiths who are interested in interfaith and intersectional dialogues.
The two co-founders of The JEWish cabaret, David Djemal and Shar Shamai, both graduates of Musical Theatre MA programmes (Royal Academy of Music and Guildford respectively) and have performed both in London and abroad, as well as produced several cabarets.
Shar Shamai is a Musical Theatre performer and a singing teacher. He completed his second MA degree in music - MA Musical Theatre, at The Guildford School of Acting (GSA). Shar came to the UK after graduating with an MA in Classical Singing at the Jerusalem Academy of Music & Dance and he is fascinated by the human voice.
Shar is currently teaching singing at The Urdang Academy (London), The American Musical Theatre Academy (London) and the Performance Preparation Academy (Guildford).
Recent credits include:
Director, JEW YOU LOVE ME? - Israel tour, King Achashverosh, PURIM CABARET – Waterloo East theatre, Morrie Conley, DANCE WITH A STRANGER - Crazy Coqs London; English speaking theatres in Israel: Frank Butler, ANNIE GET YOUR GUN, Encore JLM (Israel); Carl Magnus, LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC, J-Town Playhouse (Israel); Ensemble, EVITA, Israel Musicals (Israel).
Credits While Training:
Singer, MAMT SHOWCASE – Shaftesbury Theatre; Trekkie Monster, AVENUE Q; Ezra, Screen Acting Project; Singer, SING - Music video; John + Composer/Writer, DATE.COM – Original Musical; Dan, CLOSER; Billy Bigelow, CAROUSEL .
David Djemal is an actor and singer who has been performing professionally since the age of nine. As a child he was a member of the "Jerusalem Boys Oratorio" and performed in many professional functions, including a performance in front of Pope John Paul II on his visit to Israel in March 2000.
David studied acting at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York, the Yoram Lowenstein Studio for Performing Arts in Tel Aviv, and is also a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music in London, where he graduated from the Musical Theatre Post-Graduate programme with distinction. During his studies at the Royal Academy he was awarded First Prize in the HL Hammond Verse Speaking and Poetry Reading competition.
Recent credits include:
Aladdin in ALADDIN (The Theatre Chipping Norton), Behrouz Boochani in CITIZEN (The Space Theatre), Benny in SCOOP (The Rose Playhouse), Haman in PURIM UNCUT (The Lion and Unicorn), as well as providing voice work for notable film and TV projects including ENTEBBE, THE CROWN (Netflix), and BBC’s McMAFIA.
Credits While Training:
Charles Guiteau - Assassins; Dan - Closer; Soloist - RAM 20th Anniversary Concert at the Prince Edward Theatre; Tony - West Side Story; Seymore - Little Shop of Horrors; Michael - The Boys in the Band; Osvald - Ghosts.
Ashley is an actress and singer who spent many years training and performing abroad before returning to the UK to develop her skills even further by training at Southampton Solent University where she graduated with a first class degree. Her training incudes over 16 years of private vocal lessons. Having worked on all the JEWish Cabaret productions as both an actress and a production assistant, she is now thrilled to officially be a part of the creative team. Other than working with this fantastic theatre company, Ashley is also continuing to develop her own writing as well.
Credits include: 'We're Still Here' by The JEWish Cabaret, 'Rent!' by TwoBox Productions, ‘Tied’ (directed by Ashley) by RoundBox Productions, ‘Terezin’ by Artifice Community Arts, ‘If The Whole Body Dies’ (a Bob Skloot play) by Lemkin Productions, and the award winning 'Harry Poppers' by TwoBox Predictions.