Alon Nashman reflects on Hirsch at Edinburgh

Alon Nashman as John Hirsch

Alon Nashman as John Hirsch

This February Touchstone is partnering with the 2014 Chutzpah! and the Firehall Arts Centre to bring Hirsch, a tour de force one man show chronicling the life of Canadian theatre pioneer John Hirsch, to Vancouver. Following its triumphant Stratford premiere, Hirsch traveled to Edinburgh this summer and upon its return performer & co-creator Alon Nashman reflected upon being a part of the largest arts festival in the world.

“Dear Friends of Hirsch,
I have just landed from Edinburgh, and it will take weeks to come down from the excitement and cross-pollination which I experienced there. New friendships were forged, new collaborations are in the works, and my mind is reeling from the new performances I witnessed. Of course, the highlight of my trip was sharing Hirsch with an international audience. We made a significant impact, as you can see from the reviews below. The play engendered many conversations, about national culture, about the role of theatre in healing from trauma, and about the life and influence of John Hirsch.”

Here is a look at some of the reviews from Hirsch‘s run at Edinburgh:

There are moments during a fringe festival that grab you and hold every ounce of your being…. Hirsch’s extraordinary life is presented with unflinching honesty and brutal realism…. There is a powerful effortlessness to Nashman’s performances that is… mesmerizing…. Thompson’s direction is crisp and meticulous in its detail.”
★★★★★ The New Current

Yes We Canada! Hirsch is a fantastic, passionate and informative piece of theatre, well written and brilliantly performed. Nashman had me gripped from start to finish.
★★★★ Broadway Baby

“You’d perhaps expect that a play about a gay, Jewish, Hungarian refugee who winds up in the badlands of Canada might have limited appeal to audiences at the Fringe. In fact, Alon Nashman and Paul Thompson’s Hirsch is a beautifully-written look at the life of one man, brought to life by Nashman’s thrilling performance.
★★★★★ Spoonfed London

Hirsch is intelligent…endearing…impressive. Nashman is fantastically versatile.”
★★★★ No Borders Magazine

Full of wit and humanity this is a touching, honest and revelatory little gem. An absorbing, powerful and touching portrayal of a contradictory character.”
★★★★ TVBomb Culture Magazine

“The performance is energetic, entertaining and yet also full of emotion…. This labour of love is a touching tribute.”
The Stage

Hirsch was also recently profiled in the Times of Israel:
John Hirsch was a colossus whose shadow looms over the culture of Canada. But we forget out heroes,” laments Alon Nashman, whose one-man play about the great theater director has impressed critics and audiences alike in Canada and abroad.
Find the full article here.

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