About

I started performing comedy and spoken word sets on the small-scale cabaret and comedy circuit. I premiered my debut solo show, Reshape While Damp, at the Edinburgh Fringe.  Following a great reception, I took the show to FIRST: a Festival of Solo Performances, at the Tristan Bates Theatre, London. I also headlined Change, a festival of new writing for Pulse Ensemble Theatre in New York.

I’ve gone on to write and perform my own work across the UK.  I enjoy experimenting with style and content and finding out what works well for audiences in different settings. My performance often incorporates monologue, spoken word and song, and my stories can be poignant, surreal and funny – sometimes all at once.

I’ve recently finished touring a story-cabaret show Truth and Truffles, performing songs and true-life stories in rural venues with storyteller Cat Weatherill.

Last summer saw a very successful 2-week run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe with my solo comedy theatre show, Despite Everything, Price Still Includes Biscuits. You can currently read reviews of the show here.

The first show of the year is coming up at the Wolverhampton Literature Festival on Feb 2nd.

I’ll also be at the Leicester Comedy Festival on February 18th,  You can get full details and book tickets here

I’m looking forward to running a day workshop on April 6 for Writing West Midlands on Writing Humour.

Listen to an interview with Paul Levy of Fringe Review about my work  – both writing and performing.

 

 

 

Gigs

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December 16
Big Script
Not Our Usual Christmas show (but remarkably similar)
St Anne’s Church Hall, Park Hill, Moseley
Birmingham, B13 8DU
3pm
£5.00   Price includes refreshments

2019

February 2
Wolverhampton Literature Festival
Despite Everything, Price Still Includes Biscuits
12.30 pm
Lych Gate Tavern, 44 Queen Square, Wolverhampton WV1 1TX
You can find more information
here
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February 18
Leicester Comedy Festival
Despite Everything, Price Still Includes Biscuits

The Cosy Club
68 Highcross Street,  Leicester LE1 4NN
8pm
Tickets:  £5.00 from Festival Box Office on  0116 456 6812 or here

 

 

 

Past Shows

Reviews

 
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‘A sprinkling of nicely observed Victoria Wood-style songs add to the charm of her multi-layered subtle little show.’

– Ludlow Fringe, 2017
★★★★☆

‘Paul’s deadpan delivery casts a spell over her audience.”   

–  Edinburgh 49, 2016
★★★★☆

‘Naomi’s style of delivery is gentle, engaging and alert to audience responses Indeed the point of the biscuits she hands out is to provide a short break in which we can talk to each other. This is a fine comic celebration of modern Britain,  whose only comic victim is the odd Government minister.’

British Theatre Guide, 2015
★★★★☆

‘Terrific deadpan delivery of material that is topical and relevant. Audiences loved it!

Alexa Kelly, Artistic Director,
Pulse Ensemble Theatre, New York

Naomi Paul wowed the audience with her own brand of deadpan Jewish humour.’

– Jewish Telegraph

‘Fabulous: sharp, cultural, witty, poignant and very, VERY funny.’

Audience member, Birmingham Fest

‘A quietly intelligent and entertaining show… highly recommend it. She is wonderful!’ 

– Audience member, Edinburgh

 

Workshops

I’m an experienced workshop leader, facilitator and teacher, working with a diverse range of participants in various settings.

‘Her writing, performance and considered wit guarantee a great session.’

‘The air buzzed with creative tension as we scribbled away.’

I’ve given workshops for Writers Without Borders on the structure of poetry and using humour. I also deliver performance workshops to help participants develop their stories for an audience, and co-ran a short course for Writing West Midlands called True Words – Personal Storytelling.

‘We astonished ourselves with the actual and potential humour in what we managed to create.’

‘The kindness, openness and gentleness of the group. An excellent place to try out difficult things.’

The next workshop is a one-day workshop on Writing Humour on April 6th. You can find full booking details here

 

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Contact

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If you would like to book a performance or workshop, please use the form below and I’ll send you more information.