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Reviews of Bubble Schmeisis

August 06, 2016

The Stage ****

This is a big-hearted, appealing show about tradition and belonging. Cassenbaum is a gregarious performer and this is an accessible, generous, disarming production, undercut with a sense of poignancy that the schvitz and its rituals might one day be forgotten.

Personal, gently probing exploration of British Jewish identity

August 27, 2016


It’s by far the funniest thing I have seen in Edinburgh so far, and yet as you’re howling away at another anecdote Bubble Schmeisis is actually saying more about identity and different humans in shared city spaces than many shows that on the outside look Serious with stern faces and capital letters.

Aside from the Jewish theme, Bubble Schmeisis is also beautiful in its depiction of male friendship and shared routines. 

August 03, 2016

The List ****

Cassenbaum gently prods and questions these well-worn images of his culture to question what it means to be a British Jew today.

Cassenbaum is a disarmingly informal raconteur, talking to the audience as if we're old friends. For anyone with connections to Brick Lane, the North Circular or South Mimms services, it'll sound warmly familiar; for anyone else, Bubble Schmeisis offers a friendly, gently provocative perspective on Jewish experience.

August 12, 2016

British Theatre ****

As he asks who will carry on the tradition of schmesis, to massage a fellow man, he chose me. Despite the public situation, I felt honoured to do it. This is a warm, informative, lovely show, and you would do well to spend an hour at the baths

August 14, 2016

Three Weeks ****

As a performer he is confident and cheeky, immediately setting the audience at ease as he jumps from story to story and plays on the laughs. Effortlessly charming and infectiously funny, ‘Bubble Schemisis’ is everything you’d want from a show about the admittedly niche subject of a young man’s first shvitz, but it’s also a show about identity.

August 25, 2016

Fresh air *****

Cassenbaum’s magnificent storytelling skills, make for an extremely animated and pleasurable show that is guaranteed to make you smile – Jewish or non!

April 21, 2017

North West End ****

'Spending an evening with Cassenbaum is like meeting up with an old friend.....I highly recommend that you take him up on this offer and get your touchus down to the theatre to purchase your tickets as this tour deserves to sell out!'

August 18, 2016

Fringe Guru *****

A thoroughly rewarding show. Cassenbaum has an unmissable gift for bringing people and places to life in all their gory detail. This is dirty, delightful and downright hilarious storytelling at its very best. You can even buy a souvenir tea towel at the end.

May 07, 2017

Remote Goat****

Nick Cassenbaum’s performance is intimate and engrossing, drawing us into the world of the bath house and turning it into our own home for an hour or so. 

April 22, 2017

My Theatre Mates

Bubble Schmeisis is not just a performance, but an invitation to connect. It’s reassuring and positive and cuddly, and reminds us that it’s possible to find our place in the chaos and disconnect that comes with living in the modern world. And it’s bloody funny and moving, too.

May 07, 2017

Audience Bulldog

Nick Cassenbaum is a brilliantly engaging raconteur and companion on this tour of a largely hidden and fast-changing area of British life.

August 09, 2016

The Beast's Pen ****

Even if the traditions that are described so lovingly are not our own, we come to share Cassenbaum’s passion for preserving them.

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