Tuesday 9 June, 7.30pm
Following the success of his lockdown live stream of Bravo Figaro, Mark Thomas brings his acclaimed 2018 Showtime From the Frontline to fans’ screens with a live stream followed by a lie Q&A with himself and his co-stars Faisal and Alaa during Blue Sky and Beyond…
LIVE STREAM via private YouTube link.
Another special lockdown treat from Mark Thomas. We are delighted to be bringing this particular piece of theatre to Corsham as part of our Blue Sky and Beyond line-up. Please join us on Tuesday 9 June for a Lockdown Livestream of ‘Showtime from the Frontline’ by Mark Thomas.
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’.
20% of your ticket purchase will go to our Pound Arts Comeback Fund. You can also donate £5 to the fund by texting BLUESKY to 70970. Please ensure you have the bill-payer’s permission.
(Please note tickets are booked through an external website over which Pound Arts has no control).
Age guidance 15+ (some swearing – it’s a Mark Thomas show)
7.30pm – Intro from Mark (live)
7.35pm – Showtime from the Frontline part 1
8.35pm – Comfort Break
8.45pm – Showtime from the Frontline part 2
9.40pm – Other Comfort Break
9.50pm – Q+A with Mark, Sam, Faisal and Alaa (live)
★★★★★ 'A genuinely vital piece of theatre... feels like a direct descendant to the popular and political theatre of Joan Litt