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
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.
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.
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
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.
'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!'
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.
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.