Cards-a-thon for Palestine – Support the Freedom Theatre’s Tour of the UK

The first ever tour of the UK & Ireland by the Freedom Theatre, which is based in Jenin Refugee Camp in Palestine, will be taking place in 2015. The tour includes a London performance of a brand new play called ‘The Siege’ at Battersea Arts Centre in May.

Local group Tower Hamlets Jenin Friendship Association (THJFA) is aiming to sponsor one of the six actors who will be taking part in the performance of this specially commissioned play. Palestinian actor and singer at the Freedom Theatre, Ahmed Tobasi, appeared at a packed performance organised by THJFA at Wilton’s Music Hall last year where he stunned the Tower Hamlets audience with his accomplished singing and inspiring talk about the work of the Freedom Theatre. To help raise the necessary funds in order to sponsor Ahmed to take part in the upcoming London performance of ‘The Siege’, local resident Guy Shennan will play cards for 12 hours non-stop, from 11am to 11pm, on Saturday 14th March at The Camel pub in Bethnal Green.

This isn’t the first time Guy has undertaken such a feat – he has also successfully staged a 12 hour Quiz-a-Thon in 2013, 12 hour Backgammon-a-Thon in 2011, and 12 hour Crossword-a-Thon in 2009 in aid of the work Tower Hamlets Jenin Friendship Association.

This time round, supporters will ‘pay to play’ an addictive form of Whist named ‘Oh Dammit’ with Guy at an allocated time on the day. If you’re interested in playing, please contact Guy directly via email: If you can’t play on the day, you can also sponsor Guy to help raise money to make the tour happen by giving a donation directly to the THJFA account, details here.

Details of the Freedom Theatre’s tour can be found here: