‘You can never fake real applause’ is Leila Glancy’s slogan. Real applause was certainly what she and 12 performers from her ACT II drama group received when they entertained Menorah members with an evening of Kosher Komedy.
And it was all for a good cause. ‘It’s a vinvin situation – the pieces are enacted by some seasoned and experienced actors, the audience is entertained and the charity fund gets the resulting donations,’ she said. ‘It’s the most rewarding and enjoyable kind of event to stage’.
These are currently distressing times and the opportunity to eat, sit back and laugh, eat again, sit back and laugh again, between courses of superbly cooked and presented dishes, was an offer not to refuse.
An eclectic mix of poems, anecdotes and extracts from established writers too took us through a variety of scenarios, from telephone conversations to newsreaders, many with a Jewish flavour.
It would be unfair to single out any one of them except a wonderful Cabaret finale, including Leila herself and ending with an extraordinary spine-tingling tribute to singer/songwriter Leonard Cohen from John Blaskey. And credit to pianist Joan Greenburgh for her able accompaniment.
Menorah’s Outreach Co-ordinator Eve Davidson, who organised the Summer Buffet and Kosher Komedy event, introduced guest speaker, Richard Verber, a Mancunian who now lives in London, where he is Head of External Affairs at World Jewish Relief, the receiving charity. He paid tribute for everything Menorah had done for World Jewish Relief.
Proceeds from the event are earmarked for World Jewish Relief’s Home Repairs and Livelihood Programmes in Eastern Europe.
Richard, Eve, Yvonne & Lynne at the event.