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Mark Thomas: Showtime from the Frontline

  • Venue: Courtyard Theatre
  • Duration: 2 hours and 15 minutes (including a 20 minute interval)
  • Age: 16+
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Dodging cultural and literal bullets, Israeli incursions and religion, Mark Thomas and his team set out to run a comedy club for two nights in the Palestinian city of Jenin. Only to find it’s not so simple to celebrate freedom of speech in a place with so little freedom.

Jenin refugee camp is the home to Jenin Freedom Theatre and to people with a wealth of stories to tell. Mark tells this story alongside two of its actors and aspiring comics Faisal Abualheja and Alaa Shehada. A story about being yourself in a place that wants to put you in a box.


“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

“A winning marriage of stand-up and storytelling theatre” The Times


“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

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Directed by Joe Douglas /


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