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Showtime From The Frontline: Mark Thomas, Faisal Abualheja, Alaa Shehada picture

Wed 31st Jan at 8:00pm (doors 7:30pm)

Mark Thomas

@ Colchester Arts Centre, Colchester

Also appearing: Faisal Abualheja, Alaa Shehada

Showtime From The Frontline: Mark Thomas, Faisal Abualheja, Alaa Shehada

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 Abualheja 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.’

Please note that the artists appearing may be subject to change.

This event takes place at Colchester Arts Centre, which has achieved Bronze Status for disabled access from Attitude Is Everything.

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Venue Facts

Venue: Colchester Arts Centre


Address:
Church Street
Colchester
Essex
CO1 1NF 51.888863, 0.895369

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Disabled Access: Bronze Status


Website: colchesterartscentre.com

Phone: 01206 500 900

Disabled Bookings: 01206 500 900


Train

  → Colchester Town 10 min walk



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