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Showtime from the Frontline

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. Read more …

Jenin refugee camp, 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 Abu Alhayjaa and Alaa Shehada. A story about being yourself in a place that wants to put you in a box.

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The critical consensus

It’s a gloriously thought-provoking reflection on the power of theatre to open minds, win hearts and hopefully, shove us a little bit closer to righting wrongs.

****(*)Claire Wood, The Wee Review, 15/02/2018

The West Bank’s nightly curfews, checkpoints and pipe bombs make for gallows humour in this defiant comedy that gives a voice to the voiceless.

****(*)Mark Fisher, The Guardian, 15/02/2018

Showtime from the Frontline is 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.

*****Liam Rees, All Edinburgh Theatre, 15/02/2018

Thomas and co have walked the walk and now it’s all about the talk. Laughing as we go.

****(*)Justine Blundell, Edinburgh Guide, 15/02/2018

Defiant and winningly mischievous.

****(*)Jay Richardson, The Scotsman, 17/02/2018

A winning marriage of stand-up and storytelling theatre.

****(*)Allan Radcliffe, 16/02/2018

Yet again, the self-defined “libertarian anarchist” comedian delivers politics without the polemic.

Mark Brown, Scottish Stage, 24/02/2018

Where and when?

Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh from Wednesday February 14, 2018, until Saturday February 17, 2018. More info:

Tron Theatre, Glasgow from Wednesday March 21, 2018, until Saturday March 24, 2018. More info:

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