Showtime from the Frontline

(Theatre Royal) Stratford East

Showtime from the Frontline

10 Apr 2018 - 21 Apr 2018

£10.00 - £24.00

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Dodging cultural and literal bullets, Israeli incursions and religion, Mark and his team set out to run a comedy club and put on two nights in the Palestinian city of Jenin. Only to find that it is not so simple to celebrate freedom of speech in a place with so little freedom.

Jenin refugee camp, a stronghold for the al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigade during the Second Intifada, is not a place synonymous with laughs. But it is also home to the Jenin Freedom Theatre and to people with a wealth of stories to tell. Mark tells this story alongside Faisal Abualheja and Alaa Shehada, two performers, actors and now aspiring comics from the Jenin Club.

A story about being yourself in a place that wants to put you in a box, Mark says, it’s the nearest he will ever get to Alan Parker’s ‘Fame’.


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“Thomas’s performance is as warm and engaging as ever... A winning marriage of stand-up and storytelling theatre.”

Other newspaper reviewers

“Like a firebrand Derren Brown, Thomas tells us the tricks of his trade without spoiling the fun when he puts them into practice.”

Other newspaper reviewers

“Thomas shares the stage in a typically irreverent and formally inventive show about the occupied West Bank.”

The Stage (Other reviewers)

“The trio deliver a tale of triumph and underline the undeniable potency of comedy in the darkest of situations.”

Bruce Dessau (Evening Standard)

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