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Mark Thomas: Showtime from the Frontline
On from 10 Apr 2018 till 21 Apr 2018
Theatre Royal Stratford East
by Mark Thomas
Genre(s): Comedy

Tickets: £10 - £24

About: Mark Thomas: Showtime from the Frontline

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 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 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’.

Presented by Lakin McCarthy in association with Theatre Royal Stratford East .


★★★★★ 'A genuinely vital piece of theatre... feels like a direct descendant to the popular and political theatre of Joan Littlewood.' All Edinburgh Theatre

★★★★★ 'A side-splittingly funny show' Underdog Reviews

★★★★★ 'This is a show that undoubtedly informs, educates and entertains – and proof positive how, in some situations, comedy is the strongest defence any of us have' Broadway Baby

★★★★ 'This defiant comedy that gives a voice to the voiceless.' The Guardian

★★★★ 'This engaging, thought-provoking and extremely funny show breaks down common stereotypes and preconceptions one joke at a time.' The Telegraph

★★★★ 'A winning marriage of stand-up and storytelling.' The Times

★★★★ 'Defiant and winningly mischievous, Showtime from the Frontline laughs hard at authoritarianism.' The Scotsman

★★★★ 'irreverant and inventive' The Stage

★★★★ 'A bold show about giving a platform to those who might never be able to express themselves' The List

★★★★ 'Gives a voice to the voiceless and tells the untold stories from the other side of the wall. Thomas and co have walked the walk and now it’s all about the talk. Laughing as we go.' Edinburgh Guide

'Yet again, the self-defined "libertarian anarchist" comedian delivers politics without the polemic.​' The Herald

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