The Vedding was first performed in 1984 by JNF Hanegev and repeated about five years later as part of an Israeli festival. Organiser Melvyn Cohen from Alwoodley suggested the play would stand a reboot to replace the annual Pride Awards, which has been rested after 10 years.
The concept is the marriage between an unattractive and very pregnant bride from an extremely wealthy anglicised Jewish family and a ‘Jack the lad’ wheeler-dealer type. Organisers managed to persuade JLife’s own Elliot Landy to play the part of the bride to save on the purchase of a maternity wedding dress.
The script was originally composed by Melyvn Cohen and Warner Falk and additions by Howard Lee and Jonathan Adler brought it up to date with contributions from Jane Clynes ensuring the whole evening was a terrific success, raising a total of £11,000 for LJWB.
Russell Manning, CEO of LJWB said, “The event was a huge success and I’d like to thank the Pride Awards Committee for coming up with another great idea to raise such funds for LJWB.”
Photos: Julian Berson