ORR BENEZRA SEGAL
Orr is a theatre director, playwright and a dramaturge based in London.
Directors residency at the Royal Court 2021, Artistic Director at the Landor_Space, London 2017-2019, Resident Director at the Almeida theatre 2018-2019, Artistic Director for the Naked Theatre from 2016, MA directing at LAMDA and BA in theatre at Tel Aviv University.
2019/2020 White Plague, Dramaturge / UK tour / Europe tour / Dir: Alexander Raptotasios / Company: Ferodo Bridges
2018 The Existence Formula, Sarah Rickman's provocative commentary on the unstoppable pace of life and the chaos of existence. // The Bunker Theatre September 2018 London // NYC Fringe Festival October 2018
2018 Crazy Gary's Mobile Disco, Gary Owen's first play about three lads in Wales living under bug depress and supressions. // 27-31 March 2018 // Landor Space // EFG productions
2018 Alice A dark adaptation for the famous 'Alice In Wonderland'. In 2018, Lewis Caroll is throwing a dinner party with his close friends. There's cocaine, great wine, deep conversations, raw food and great music. A knock on the door. It's Alice. The neighbour's daughter. It's not her first time there though. /Jan 2018 / 9.1-24.1 / Landor Space London. Three Trees Theatre company.
2017 Sad Girls A new play by Jonna Blode Hanno. Three girls kidnapped an X-Factor winner in their basement so he would pay for their friend's music album. It turns into a creepy evening where these girls take the liberty to do and say whatever they want to a guy they have never met but somehow represents everything they hate (and love) about this world / March 2017 /Katz Space, London /////Aug 2017 Edinburgh Fringe / Troika Theatre company.
2017 The Currency Of Sex a short play by Atlanta Aisha Green, about two female prostitutes. As part of Writers Response Project at Theatre 503. June 2017/ 17-19 / Theatre 503 / London.
2016/17 War Whores a new play written and directed by Benezra. An absurd account about war, based on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Two soldiers and a child are trapped in a demilitarized zone waiting to be rescued while war rages around them. A whore, an ambassador, a BBC reporter and The Mother Of A Dead Soldier are getting in and out of this zone, mainly asking for revenge or to cover a good story - but no one really cares for the young boys. I meant, soldiers. March 2017 / 14.3-26.3 / The Court Yard Theatre / London ///// Linbury Studio 18-21 August 2016, London.
2016 Flea written and devised by Benezra and a group of LAMDA’s actors. Based on testimonials by Syrian refugees. Two brothers are trying to find a place to sleep after walking for several days in an unknown place. April 2016 / 25.4-26.4 / LAMDA / Linbury Studio / London.
2014/15 Dark Bread And Bananas written and directed by Benezra. A story about the people who supervise the country’s treasure and what they do with this power. Winner of the Best New Play at Karov Theatre Festival Tel Aviv (2014), programmed at Tmuna Theatre Tel-Aviv (2015), Israel.
2014 Woyzec 6-29 July Tel-Aviv University, BA showcase, Israel. This time Woyzec is a soldier in the IDF and he doesn't want to continue serving this army.
2013/2014 For Rent an adaptation for adults written by O.Ben-Ezra based on a famous children book by Leah Goldberg. Tzavta Theatre Tel-Aviv, Israel.
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR WORK
2016 Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown LAMDA production at Linbury Studio, London (6-14 Aug). Director: Stephen Barlow.
2016 The Pitmen Painters LAMDA production at Linbury Studio, London (24.5-3.6).
Director: Gwenda Hughes.
2016 The Ritual Slaughter Of Gorge Mastroumus LAMDA production at Linbury Studio, London (31.3-7.4). Director: James Kerr.
2016 Fiddler On The Roof LAMDA production at the Posk Arts Centre, London (10-17 Feb).
Director: Caroline Leslie.
2016 MA Theatre Directing, London Academy Of Music And Dramatic Arts, London UK (LAMDA).
2014 BA Theatre, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv Israel (TAU).
2014 BA Biblical Secular Studies, Tel Aviv University, Israel (TAU).
OTHER EXPERIENCE AND AWARDS
Resident director, working on new plays, Royal Court, London (2021)
Eurodram winner for best play: War Whores / playwright (2020)
Resident Director, Almeida, (2018-2019)
A member of the artistic committee, Tzavta Theatre Tel Aviv (2013-2017)
Dramaturg, 8th and 9th Reading Festival Tzavta atre Tel Aviv (2013-2014)
Dramaturgy grant, first prize, Tzavta Reading Festival (2013)
Shay Agnon Award for text edit and performing, Tel Aviv University (2013)
Karov Theatre, First prize for new writing, Dark Bread And Bananas, Tel Aviv (2014)