UPDATED: Showtime from the Frontline



In 2009 Mark Thomas walked the entire length of the Israeli separation barrier in the West Bank. His subsequent book, Extreme Rambling, sold 50,000 copies and the live show, Walking the Wall, toured the UK, Ireland and Australia before returning to the West Bank.

Mark has had an association with the Jenin Freedom Theatre (JFT) in Palestine since then and it is this partnership that forms the basis of his new project. Showtime from the Frontline will tell the story of how Mark and his team set out to run a comedy club for two nights in Jenin. Only to find it’s not so simple to celebrate freedom of speech in a place with so little freedom.

The JFT is not a typical theatre. A small compound within the confines of a refugee camp, JFT was established in 2006 as an antidote to the brutal oppression of the Israeli forces and its regular incursions into the camp. It has managed to train three classes of young actors despite the occupation and the assassination of its founder Juliano Mer Khamis in 2011. 
  
Working alongside Sam Beale, senior lecturer in comedy at Middlesex University, Mark spent a month running comedy workshops with students and kids from the camp. The results produced two remarkable nights of performances and a portrait of life in a refugee camp under occupation that is not normally seen or heard.
 
The show features two graduates of the JFT’s acting programme and aspiring comics, Faisal Abualheja and Alaa Shehada and is directed by Joe Douglas. It tours the UK from February to April 2018.

Mark and the FBU have had a long-term relationship of mutual support and solidarity. It is for this reason that Mark is putting on a special performance of Showtime from the Frontline for FBU members, family, friends and supporters. This will be on Friday 2 February at Toynbee Studios, 28 Commercial Street, London, E1 6AB, at 7.30pm. Tickets are free – email [email protected] to reserve.

For UK tour dates, check http://www.markthomasinfo.co.uk/tour-dates/ - there are special ticket deals for FBU members at some venues. Email [email protected] for details.

CAN'T MAKE IT TO LONDON?

Mark and his team have worked with the venues across the UK to make special ticket offers available to FBU members. These vary from venue to venue and there are varying numbers of discounted tickets available. Please check this list before booking. Where there is a limited number of discount tickets it will be on a first come, first served basis. These tickets are for the main tour – there are warm-up dates at other venues, so please check the full list here: http://www.markthomasinfo.co.uk/tour-dates/

Bristol Old Vic

Ticket price: £16

Availability: 10 discounted tickets for FBU members

Use the appropriate code: STFL16FBU

 

Edinburgh Traverse

Ticket price: £15

Availability: unlimited

Proof of membership required at collection

 

Sherman Theatre Cardiff

Ticket price: £15

Availability: 20 tickets for FBU members

Use the code: 'Showtime'

 

MAC Birmingham

Ticket price: £15

Availability: 10 tickets for FBU members

Use the code: MTFBU

 

Belfast MAC

Ticket price: £2 discount

Availability: 20 tickets for FBU members

Use the code: FBU

 

Playhouse Theatre Liverpool

Ticket price: £15

Availability: unlimited

Use the code: FBU when booking online, on the phone or in person

 

Lowry Quays Theatre Salford

Ticket price: £15

Availability: unlimited

Use the code: ‘UNION’ when booking online or over the phone

 

West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Ticket price: £15

Availability: unlimited

Use the code: ‘Freedom’ prior to checkout

 

The Tron, Glasgow

Ticket price: £15

Availability: 10 tickets for FBU members

Use the code: ‘Frontline 17’

 

The Dukes, Lancaster

Ticket price: £15 tickets

Availability: unlimited

Use the code: ‘TU Supporters’ booking on the phone or in person

 

The Gala Theatre, Durham

Ticket price: £15

Availability: 50 tickets for FBU members

Use the code: FBUSFTF

 

The Gulbenkian, Canterbury

Ticket price: £15

Availability: unlimited

Use the code: FBU at checkout- online booking only

 

The Stables, Milton Keynes

Ticket price: £15

Availability: 10 tickets for FBU members

Call the box office to book

 

The Junction, Cambridge

Ticket price: £15

Availability: 10 tickets for FBU members

Use the code:  FBU18

 

Theatre Royal Stratford East, London

Ticket price: £15

Availability: unlimited

Use the code: FBU

Time limited – book by 28 February to get discount price (usually £24!) 

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