Teshuvah (The Return)

The Jewish One

Cast 2 - 1F / 1M

Setting The Cafeteria at London’s Victoria Railway Station / 1st December 1996


It is the 1990s. A sister and brother meet in the cafeteria at Victoria Railway Station. She is 70; he is 80. She is an Anglican nun; he a retired principle of a College of Theosophy. She has a secret to share with him that she knows will rock his foundations. He has sent her a letter that he must implores her to destroy.

What are the bonds that tie them together? What are the twists of fate that have pulled them apart? Can the shame and pain of the past be healed? At the eleventh hour and fifty ninth minute, is atonement still possible?

Over tea and cakes, they reach stalemate.

Outside, the loudspeaker announces the departures and arrivals. Over their table hangs a tinsel attempt at Christmas. But the sister is dreaming of Hanukah and the fundamental truths that bind all religions together; while the brother is fighting back an unbearable anguish....
Hailing from Lithuania (then Polish Russia), they have only met a handful of times in the last 60 years. Will today’s rendezvous bring them closer? Or will it deepen the rift between them?
Why does it matter?

TESHUVAH (THE RETURN) is based on delving into my Jewish family history. My research to date points to a story of denial, loss and betrayal.

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