Showtime from the Frontline (Live Stream)
Mark Thomas, Faisal Abu Alhayjaa and Alaa Shehada9 Jun 7.30pm
Mark Thomas brings his acclaimed 2018 show 'Showtime From the Frontline' to fans' screens with a live stream followed by a live Q&A with himself and his co-stars Faisal and Alaa.
Mark Thomas's last appearance at Jacksons Lane was with his show Check Up: Our NHS @ 70, a remarkably prescient "critique of the complacency, under-investment and creeping privatisation" of our health service (The Guardian).
Now he's back, dodging cultural and literal bullets, Israeli incursions and religion in Showtime From the Frontline, which documents Mark and his team's ambition 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.
Tickets are £5, 20% of which will go towards Jacksons Lane and our reopening efforts. Watch the live stream via a private YouTube link on ticket purchase.
Tue 9 June | Running order:
7.30pm: Intro from Mark (live)
7.35pm: Showtime from the Frontline
9.05pm: Comfort Break
9.10pm: Q&A with Mark (live)
Presented by Tin Cat Entertainment
"Hilarious and engaging, thought-provoking ansd extremely funny"
"A winning marriage of stand-up and storytelling theatre"
"Another triumph in Thomas's clever line in activist theatre"
"Defiant and winningly mischievous"
'Discomforts its targets while tickling our funny bones"