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.
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.
Bubbemeises is Yiddish, it translates as a grandmother's story, a tall story, an old wives' tale.
Writer and street performer Nick Cassenbaum invites you into the warmth of the Canning Town Schvitz, East London’s last authentic bath house. Amongst the steam and ritual Nick will take you on a journey to find the place he belongs.
Schlaping through summer camps, barber shops and Spurs games. Will he find what he was looking for?
Bubble Schmeisis is full of intimate and personal true stories about identity, home and getting schmeised (washed) by old men.
If you would like to book the show check out the tour pack.
Written and performed by Nick Cassenbaum
Director; Danny Braverman
Producer; Sian Baxter
Assistant Director; Joe Fleming
Designer; Bethany Wells
Musicians; Daniel Gouly and Josh Middleton
For Edinburgh; Daniel Gouly and Josh Middleton, Tom Baker and John Macnaughton
The Stable Creative Hub, The Western Arts Health Weekender, Weston-super-Mare, Saturday 4th April, Postponed due to Covid-19 'A NIGHT ON THE TILES' collection of jokes can be found here
Past Dates ;
Rose Lipman Building Dice Festival June 11th 2015 (scratch performance)
RichMix Saturday 5th September 2015 (draft without musicians). SELL OUT SHOW
Jamboree Wednesday 16th September 2015 7pm- 11pm Sections of the show in collaboration with klezmer band Don Kipper. SELL OUT SHOW
Camden People's Theatre Tuesday 13th October to Thursday 15th October 2015 7.30pm (first draft with musicans).SELL OUT SHOW
JW3 Wednesday 30th March 2016 SELL OUT SHOW
Camden People's Theatre Tuesday 7th June to Saturday 11th June 2016. SELL OUT SHOW
Summerhall, Edinburgh Fringe Festival 3rd to 28th August 2016. SEVERAL SELL OUT SHOWS.
Colchester Arts Centre, Wednesday 19th October 2016
Stratford Circus, Wednesday 16th to Friday 18th November 2016 SELL OUT SHOWS
The Lowry Salford. Thursday 20th April 2017
Battersea Arts Centre London. Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd April 2017
The Hub Leeds. Sunday 7th May 2017
Lawrence Batley Theatre Huddersfield Monday 8th May 2017
The North Wall Oxford Thursday 18th May 2017
Bike Shed Theatre Exeter Tuesday 23rd to Saturday 27th May 2017
Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich as part of Pulse Festival Monday June 5th 2017
Theatre Deli Sheffield Tuesday June 13th
Macready Theatre,Rugby as part of Festival on the Close Monday 26th June 2017
Lakeside Theatre, Colchester, Thursday 12th October 2017
Cast Theatre, Doncaster, Thursday 26th October 2017
Bedales Theatre, Petersfield, Wednesday 1st November 2017
Norwich Arts Centre Norwich, Wednesday 8th November2017
artsdepot, North Finchley, Thursday 16th November 2017
Redbridge JCC, Ilford, Thursday 30th November 2017
Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Aberystwyth, Wednesday 6th December 2017
UMS, The Schvitz, Detroit, 23rd to 25th March 2018
Seven Arts Space, Leeds, Sunday 3rd June 2018
Soho Theatre, London Monday 4th to Wednesday 6th June 2018
Blitz , Valletta: 9th and 10th July 2018
Manchester Jewish Museum Thursday 8th November 2018
The Magnificant Spiegeltent, Nottingham, Wednesday 8th May 2019
The Stepping Stones Pub, Mole Valley Arts Alive Festival, Dorking, Friday 4th October 2019, 730pm
Bowes & Gilmonby Parish Hall, Barnard Castle, Thursday 17th October 2019, 7:30pm
Appleby HUB, Cumbria, Friday 18th October 2019, 7.30pm
Felton Village Hall, Northumberland, Saturday 19th October, 7.30pm
Levens Village Institute, Cumbria, Sunday 20th October, 8pm
Addlestone Community Centre, Addlestone, 10th November 2019, 2.30pm
Sparc Theatre, Bishops Castle, Thursday 20th February 2020, 7.30pm
Bitterly Village Hall, Ludlow, Friday 21st February, 2020, 7.30pm
Brilley Village Hall, Kington, Saturday 22nd February, 2020, 7.30pm,