Mark Thomas: Showtime from the Frontline

Date:Sat 07 Apr
Price:£22.50 (£17 con)

Name the comedian who might say 'I wonder if I can set up a comedy club… in a refugee camp... in Palestine?' Of course, it’s Mark Thomas. And that is exactly what he tries to do.
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 Jenin in the West Bank. 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 Abu Alhayjaa and Alaa Shehada, two performers, actors and now aspiring comics from the Jenin Club. This is a story about being yourself in a place that wants to put you in a box. Funny, moving and necessary. Mark says, it’s the nearest he will ever get to Alan Parker’s ‘Fame’.

★★★★★ “Intelligent writing and giggle-inducing anecdotes… a side split-tingly funny show…It finds light where there is darkness… I sincerely hope this show receives the recognition it deserves” UNDERDOG REVIEWS

★★★★★ “One of the wittiest and most heartfelt shows… it feels like a direct descendant to the popular and political theatre of Joan Littlewood… A genuinely vital piece of theatre that doesn’t aim to answer if theatre or comedy can change the world but proves that it can certainly seriously annoy those in power” ALL EDINBURGH THEATRE

★★★★ “Defiant comedy that gives a voice to the voiceless… it flies a defiant flag” THE GUARDIAN

★★★★ “Hilarious and engaging, thought-provoking and extremely funny” THE TELEGRAPH

★★★★ “Exhilarating … Defiant and winningly mischievous, Showtime from the Frontline laughs hard at authoritarianism” THE SCOTSMAN

★★★★ “A winning marriage of stand-up and storytelling theatre” THE TIMES 

★★★★ “An incredible tale, a heartbreakingly funny tale and an incredible tale to make funny” THE WEE REVIEW  

★★★★ “This show also gives a voice to the voiceless and tells the untold stories from the other side of the wall” EDINBURGH GUIDE

“Charming and funny in equal measure… Showtime From the Frontline is another triumph in Thomas’s clever line in activist theatre. Yet again, the self-defined ‘libertarian anarchist’ comedian delivers politics without the polemic” SUNDAY HERALD 

Age: 15+

Duration: Approx. 2 hrs (including interval)

Bar and Box Office open 1 hour before show start time.

All prices shown inlcude booking fees.