Rakshita (Raks) Patel (rakspatel) wrote in mycroft_brolly,
Rakshita (Raks) Patel

Mark Thomas: Extreme Rambling (Walking The Wall), Tricycle Theatre

Photo credit: http://rhruk.co.uk/?tag=west-bank

I have just returned from experiencing this (not just seeing it) at the Tricycle. I really wanted to see it when it was on at the National (for one day only!), but I could not do the date. I am really glad that I got to catch it over at the Tricycle.

Cut and pasted from the Tricycle website:

Never one to take the easy option, Mark decided to go rambling in the Middle East and walked the entire length of the Israeli Separation Barrier, crossing between the Israeli and the Palestinian side.

This is the story of 300,000 settlers; a 750km wall; six arrests, one stoning; too much hummus and a simple question … “Can you ever get away from it all with a good walk?”

Follow the link for all the details:

Raks's Review

This was just brilliant - truly excellent - I loved it! I would definitely describe it more as an "experience" than as a piece of theatre which I just "saw". It was gripping from start to finish.

Mark told a series of anecdotes from his time rambling the entire length of the Israeli Separation Barrier. Mark is a master storyteller and it is a joy to see him in action. His stories were funny and entertaining, but they were also very informative. Mark manages to convey a lot of historical and political context through just talking about his walking trip and I learnt a lot. He covered the story from both perspectives - Palestinian and Israeli. There was also a lot of literature supporting the theatre event outside in the cafe area where you could learn more about the issue, a lot of it free.

This is theatre that makes you use your brain - you are learning and thinking the whole way through. And walking with other audience members to the tube, people were talking about what they had heard and the issue in question. This is community terrorism and big society in action.

One gem which I will carry with me always was Mark described how you literally cannot go anywhere without being "mugged by a tea trolley"; something he described as a "Palestinian roadbloc" - being offered tea, coffee, and cake, and you are, under no circumstances, allowed to leave until you have been fed and watered. I have travelled extensively in the Middle East and I can confirm that YES this is 100% true. Arab hospitality is world renowned and I think Mark captured it beautifully.

To sum up, highly highly highly recommended - community terrorism in action!

You can buy Mark's book about his walking adventure here:
Tags: big society, books, politics, theatre
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