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?' This is a story about being yourself in a place that wants to put you in a box.
Mark Thomas: Showtime from the Frontline at Theatre Royal (Stratford East)

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Overview


Genre: Comedy
Venue: Theatre Royal (Stratford East)
Started: Tuesday 10 April 2018
Closed: Saturday 21 April 2018
Running time:To be confirmed
Age suitability: Not available

Synopsis


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 Abualheja 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'.


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Theatre


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Postal address:
Gerry Raffles Square
Stratford
London E15 1BN

Box office tel: 020 8534 0310

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Dates


Previews from:Tuesday 10 April 2018

Closes:Saturday 21 April 2018

Performance days & times


Evening:

Monday ‑ 7‑30pm

Tuesday ‑ 7‑30pm

Wednesday ‑ 7‑30pm

Thursday ‑ 7‑30pm

Friday ‑ 7‑30pm

Saturday ‑ 7‑30pm


Matinee:

Saturday - 2-30pm

Thursday - 2-30pm


Tickets


Standard:
£10 - £24

Access information


Captioned: Wednesday 18 April evening


BSL interpreted: Thursday 19 April evening


Cast


Mark Thomas

Faisal Abualheja

Alaa Shehada


Creatives


Author: Mark Thomas, Faisal Abualheja and Alaa Shehada
Director: Joe Douglas
Production: Lakin McCarthy in association with Theatre Royal Stratford East

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