Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Mark Thomas: Showtime from the Frontline - Theatre Royal Stratford

 After a quick canvass in my ward a far too rare night out to the theatre yesterday evening to watch the alternative comedian, Mark Thomas.

The performance was about "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".

It was politically educative but also at times very funny. Which of course is Mark Thomas's gift even if you don't agree with everything in the performance.

It was great to meet up by sheer coincidence with Sarah, a lovely lady and former resident from the Malmesbury estate in Bow, Tower Hamlets, who I have not seen for 20 odd years.

Even more weird, I have in the years since met both of her sisters in very different circumstances without being aware of the family connection.

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