Actor & Playwright
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I'm a British-Israeli actor and theatre maker of Syrian Jewish heritage. I graduated from Stella Adler Studio of Acting in NYC as well as the Royal Academy of Music’s Musical Theatre Postgraduate programme.
Throughout my acting-devising career I have continued to develop as a writer and have been published in the Guardian as well as having plays in development for organisations such as JW3. Much of my writing is inspired by my ongoing dialogue with my heritage and identity and the ways they intersect.
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Height: 6" | Eye Color: Hazel | Hair Color: Dark Brown
British-Israeli actor and playwright of Syrian Jewish heritage. Received training in acting and musical theatre from The Stella Adler Studio of Acting in NYC, The Royal Academy of Music in London, and the Yoram Lowenstein Studio for Performing Arts in Tel Aviv.
The Glory | The Demons of Jerusalem | 2021 | Jacob Israel De Haan/Joe
The Mercury Theatre | Aladdin | 2021 | Ensemble/Male Understudy
Creative Structure | Creed | 2019 | Constantine the Great
The Theatre Chipping Norton | Aladdin | 2018 | Aladdin
The Space Theatre | CITIZEN | 2018 | Behrouz Boochani
Film & Television
Sky One/SyncOrSwim | Strike Back | 2019 | ADR
Camel Productions | Our Beloved Tom | 2018 | Lead Actor
Netflix/SyncOrSwim | The Crown | 2017 | ADR
JW3 | Demonised | 2020 | Playwright & Lead Actor
David Djemal | Kings | 2020 | Playwright
The JEWish Cabaret | Café Named Desire | 2018 | Book & Lyrics
The Stella Adler Studio of Acting | Enhanced Summer Conservatory | 2017
The Royal Academy of Music | Musical Theatre (PgDip) - Distinction | 2015
The Yoram Lowenstein Studio for Performing Arts | Acting | 2013
I'm a bilingual performer and writer fluent in both English and Hebrew. Particularly skilled in verse speaking, accents, and acting through song.
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CITIZEN at The Space Theatre - Review
"Djemal’s portrayal of Boochani was exceptional. It was hard to return his gaze as he spoke about the daily humiliations he and fellow inmates at the detention centre faced"
Aladdin at Chipping Norton - Review
“Zelina Rebeiro and David Djemal make convincing romantic leads as Aladdin and Jasmine, with a particularly strong vocal performance from Djemal.”
Article in The Guardian, August 2019
"Though I find use of the term “Jewface” grating, Jewish cultural appropriation is a serious problem on London stages."
"Jew You Love Me?" at The Lion and Unicorn Theatre - Review
"It is clear that Djemal and Shamai understand the ingredients of a successful musical."
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