Adapted by Thelma Ruby and Peter Frye, Momma Golda is the story of Israel’s first and only female Prime Minister, otherwise known as ‘the grandmother of the Jewish people.’ Performed all over the world by Ruby and Frye for eight years from 1980 to 1988, this strictly limited four performance run promises to be a spectacular evening’s entertainment.
“Thelma Ruby scores a resounding triumph”
The Daily Mail
“Miss Ruby gives a tour de force performance”
This new production of Momma Golda will be directed by Sarah Berger, and performed by Thelma Ruby and William Teller. Sarah Berger is the producer and artistic director of the So and So Arts Club, the executive producer of the Women and War Festival, and recently directed Macbeth for the Kyrgyzstan State Academic Theatre.
Thelma Ruby was born in Leeds, where her mother was a music hall child performer, billed as “Dainty Little Paula Ruby”. Thelma trained as an actor in New York, and was a performer with ENSA during World War II. She then moved into repertory theatre with Harry Hanson’s Court Players before beginning a glittering West End career, including performing in Fiddler in the Roof alongside Topol in 1984, co-starring in Cabaret with Judy Dench in 1968 and King Lear with Michael Hordern in 1970. Thelma was married to Peter Frye in 1970, as detailed in their joint biography Double or Nothing, and first wrote and performed Momma Golda with him in 1980.