Jays, David

David Jays is a theatre and dance critic for The Guardian and The New Statesman. He has written eloquently on the lack of Jewish contexts in contemporary British drama: “Despite the work of Pinter, Arnold Wesker and Deborah Levy, Jewish writing is a neglected presence in British theatre. If you want to see an overtly Jewish character on the British stage, you usually have to wait for the ambivalent hero-villains in Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice or Marlowe’s The Jew of Malta, both written at a time when Jews were officially banished from the country. Subsequent waves of immigration did not produce a correspondingly heightened profile among the dramatis personae of British drama” (“Missing”, New Statesman, 30 October 2000).