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On 09 Jun, you can catch the "engaging, thought-provoking and extremely funny" (The Guardian) SHOWTIME FROM THE FRONTLINE by Mark Thomas. 

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.

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’.

The production is suitable for ages 15+ and contains strong language. The show is approximately 2hr followed by a short break and a live Q&A with Mark Thomas, Faisal Abu Alhayjaa and Alaa Shehada.


"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

"Funny, touching." 

"The trio deliver a tale of triumph and underline the undeniable potency of comedy in the darkest of situations." 
Evening Standard

"Thoroughly entertaining mix of stand-up and fond recollection
." Time Out

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