"IN THIS PLACE EVERY CHILD IS DESTINED TO BE A SOLDIER"

REVIEWS

What the critics are saying about Knock Knock

"At the end, the audience didn’t move, nor breathe for what felt like an age”

THREE WEEKS

“The crème de la crème of this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe”

THE 730 REVIEW

"In a small space this actor has created a universe"

BROADWAY BABY

"You will not spend a more rewarding hour”

PLAYS TO SEE

"An immensely moving piece of theatre"

Edinburgh Guide

“Allows the audience to see the similarities and the common ground”

Ed Fest Magazine

"Niv Petel leads the viewer on a journey full of joy, humanity, personal dilemmas and sacrifice"

IKON LONDON MAGAZINE

“A beautiful bubbling tension underlying every mundane moment”

The 730 Review

"Impressively constructed and insightful piece of drama"

The Reviews Hub

“A powerful
 experience”

LONDON THEATRE REVIEWS

"A beautifully nuanced account of a devastating situation”

JEWISH RENAISSANCE

“A beautiful heart-rendering performance”

Fringe Review


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ABOUT THE SHOW


How would you raise your child, if you knew that one day their turn will come to hold a rifle?

As a liaison officer for the army, Ilana, a single mother, supports families who’ve lost their sons and daughters to the wars. But when the time comes for her own only son to wear the army uniform, she faces a life-changing dilemma.

How is it to grow up in a place where children are destined to be soldiers from the day they are born?

The parents -  all former soldiers themselves - know that one day, a liaison officer might knock on their door too. Niv Petel weaves a vivid and detailed familial relationship in Knock Knock, an immersive physical mono-drama about the effects of National Service on everyday life. Inspired by real life situations, and with a lot of humour,
Knock Knock cuts through the thick curtain of politics to tell a story about parenthood, friendship, love and sacrifice.

TRAILER

INTERVIEW ON i24NEWS TV (FEB 2018)

Awards and Nominations

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ThreeWeeks Editor's Award 2017

The ThreeWeeks Editors’ Awards go to the ten things that we, the ThreeWeeks editors, believe make the Edinburgh Festival extra special in any one year. Winners can be people, plays, companies, venues or even whole festivals. The awards were presented in 2015 at a gathering at theSpace @ Surgeons Hall Library on the last Saturday of the festival.

The Infallibles Theatrical Excellence Award 2017

Infallible Productions has been present at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe for many years and its director, Stefania Bochicchio, has recently been appointed as the artistic director at Draperhall, London SE1.  Draperhall specialises in staging London premieres of award-winning, novel, daring and wonderful plays.

Tour Dates

NER YISRAEL, HENDON, LONDON
Date: Sunday, 7 July, 2019 Time: 20:00

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AACI, JERUSALEM
Date: Thursday, 18 July, 2019 Time:  18:00
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previous Dates


THE CAMERI THEATRE, TEL-AVIV
(4.5.2019)
INCUBATOR THEATRE, JERUSALEM
(5.5.2019)
BUSHEY SYNAGOGUE, LONDON
(7.5.2019)
COCKFOSTERS & N SOUTHGATE SYNAGOGUE, LONDON
(7.5.2019)
SOUTH HAMPSTEAD SYNAGOGUE, LONDON
(8.5.2019)
WOODSIDE PARK SYNAGOGUE, LONDON
(9.5.2019)
EALING SYNAGOGUE, LONDON
(9.5.2019)
WESTMINSTER SYNAGOGUE, LONDON
(10.5.2019)
BELFAST SYNAGOGUE, NORTHERN IRELAND
(12.5.2019)
WIMBLEDON SYNAGOGUE, LONDON
(9.1.2018)
ARTS EDUCATIONAL SCHOOLS, LONDON (8.1.2018)
THEATRE ARIEL, PHILADELPHIA (14.11.2018)
UNITED SOLO FESTIVAL, NEW YORK (12.11.2018)
TAI KWUN, HONG KONG (19-22.7.2018)
CENTRAL SYNAGOGUE, LONDON (27.6.2018)
FELLOWSHIP HOUSE, LONDON (26.6.2018)
EMBASSY OF ISRAEL, LONDON (31.5.2018)
THE HAYSTACK THEATRE (13.5.2018)
THE BERNARD HALL (12.5.2018)
FINCHLEY UNITED SYNAGOGUE (2.5.2018)
WEST LONDON SYNAGOGUE (17.4.2018)
BIRMINGHAM CENTRAL SYNAGOGUE (15.4.2018)
UNIVERSITY OF YORK (15.3.2018)
WARWICK UNIVERSITY (28.2.2018)
THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH (18.2.2018)
TRISTAN BATES THEATRE (15-27.1.2018)
FORTISMERE SCHOOL, LONDON (11.1.2018)
ROYAL CONCERT HALL, GLASGOW (10.12.2017)
THE OTHER PALACE, LONDON (27-28.11.2017)
THEATRE N16, LONDON (19.11.2017)
ST GEAORGE SCHOOL, EDINBURGH (12.10.2017)
EDINBURGH FESTIVAL (2-28.8.2017)
SEVEN ARTS, LEEDS (16.3.2017) 
ETCETERA THEATRE, LONDON (25.10 – 6.11.2016)

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Creative Team

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Niv Petel
Writer, Performer and Director

Originally trained in Israel, at The Performing Arts Studio, founded by Yoram Loewenstein, Tel-Aviv. Niv worked in theatre, TV and voiceovers, and won the award for Best Actor in Theatre for Youth and Children, 2014, for his role in the one-man show Snowball. Theatre credits in Israel include: Much Ado About Nothing; The Comedy Of Errors; Company (Ber Sheva Theatre); Mother Of Him (Beit Lessin Theatre). Niv is the Israeli voice for Hiccup in How To Train Your Dragon amongst many others. Since graduating from Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, London, in 2015, Niv’s credits in the UK include: NotMoses (Arts Theatre); Red Riding Hood (Hoxton Hall); La Strada (UK tour and West End season).

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MAIA LEVY
Artistic Advisor

An Israeli actress and dramaturge who trained at Beit Zvi School for the Performing Arts. Since graduating (2010), she has performed in various theatres such as Hasifriya, Beit Lessin, Orna Porat, National Youth Theatre, and she is currently on tour with two one-woman shows The Longest Week In Moran’s Life and Fish In The Net.
As the Artistic Advisor, Maia accompanied the creative process of Knock Knock from its very beginning, and assisted with dramaturgy, editing, ideas development, and directing the show.

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rhiannon White 
Set and Costume Designer

With a first class design degree from the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, Rhiannon has previously designed for Walk the Plank and Liverpool Open Culture. She runs Twitching Tales Puppets, bringing puppets to events across the county and has featured on BBC North West Tonight. She is currently working at the West Yorkshire Playhouse on their bestselling production of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

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Oliver Bush
Lighting Designer

Oliver has worked around the country lighting aerial circus, musicals, dance and theatre. He trained at The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts being awarded a first class honours degree. Most recently he designed Giant! The Liverbird Song and John & Jen. His designs have won an award from The Association of Lighting Designers and been praised for his work. Future projects include, Life On Wheels by Bella Kinetica and The Ruby Slippers.

Knock Knock began its way as Niv’s final MA project at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. A special thanks is addressed to Ms Sherrill Gow and Ms Jacqui Sommerville from the MA staff. Another special thanks is addressed to Mr Roy Horovitz and Mr Gareth Armstrong for mentoring and being an inspiration.
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