rubies in the attic (2011 - 2012)

“Rubies In The Attic is a clever chow... Crafted tenderly enough to want to make me ball”
— The Observer

1898  An Italian boards a boat for America as a Russian Jew mistakes Cable Street for Cape Town.

1928  Isabel waits for a soldier on a horse.

1938  Pat spies a bald man at the bar.

Premiering in 2011 at the Jermyn Street Theatre in Piccadilly Circus, Rubies In The Attic explored how the past has shaped us all, through the true family histories of the four Dolls. Intertwining Coward with Klezmer and Tango with African folk, The Dolls crossed musical landscapes and political divides to unearth their beginnings and sing their way home. The production mixed live music with text, physical theatre and Bunraku puppetry. Following further performances at Riverside Studios in Hammersmith, The Dolls, co-produced by Assembly, made their Edinburgh festival debut with this show to critical acclaim in 2012.





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The Rubies in the attic Team

Written and Devised by: Jenny Grove, Jessica Sedler, Susanna Fiore & Tara Siddall. Musical Director: Benjamin Cox Director: Laura Casey Choreographer: Susanna Fiore Set Design: Zoe Lally Lighting Design:  Gary Bowman  Relighting:  Ben Scorer  Lighting Programming: Dan Street Costume: Charlotte Lucas & Melanie Woolven Puppet Direction: Ruth Rogers & Finn Caldwell Stage Management:  Matt Lambart  PR: Mobius Produced by: Vanessa Stone

With special thanks to Michael Harris and the wonderful team at Riverside Studios

This production would not have been possible without:

Andrew Shepherd, Azeem Ahmad, Caroline Musgrave, Charles Wander, Claire Salomon, Dominic & Anne Giustiniani, Emma Laird Craig, Gene David Kirk, Imogen Bond, Jo Ridd, Kirsten Goodwin, Marie Gabrielle Stewart, Martin Oetegenn, Nana Otoo, Peter & Ena Siddall, Ruth Rogers, Sam Alexander and Sarah Bright.