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 incorporates monologue, spoken word and song, and my stories can be poignant, surreal and funny – sometimes all at once.

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. I also toured a story-cabaret show Truth and Truffles, performing songs and true-life stories in rural venues with storyteller Cat Weatherill.

I am touring the solo show this year and so far have performed it to lovely audiences in Wolverhampton, Leicester, Birmingham and Burton-upon-Trent.  I’m just back from a great short run at the Brighton Fringe with the award-winning venue, Junkyard Dogs.

I’m very pleased to be at the Buxton Fringe this summer for the first time (July 12, 13 & 17) and in August (12-17 & 18-24) I’ll be back at the Edinburgh Fringe

Listen to an interview with Paul Levy of Fringe Review about my work  – both writing and performing – recorded in Edinburgh in 2016. There is a recent interview recorded at the Brighton Fringe 2019  here

 

Gigs

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2019

June 27
What a Nice Night – comedy slot
Artefact
1464 Pershore Rd, Stirchley, Birmingham B30 2NT
7.30 pm   £5.00 entry

July 12, 13 & 17
Buxton Fringe
Despite Everything, Price Still Includes Biscuits
The Green Man Gallery – Ground Floor Gallery
Hardwick Hall, Hardwick Square South, Buxton, Derbyshire  SK17 6PY
Friday 12 Jul 8:30pm, Saturday 13 Jul 6:30pm, Wednesday 17 Jul 8:30pm
Tickets: £8/£5
Bookings via the Gallery: thegreenmangallery.com or 01298 937375 (or on the door if available)
Show listing is here

August 12-17 and 19-24
Edinburgh Festival  Fringe
Despite Everything, Price Still Includes Biscuits
the Space @ Surgeons’ Hall, Nicolson Street, EH8 9DW Venue 53
5.05pm
Tickets £8 (£5) from 0131 510 2384 | 0131 226 0000  or online from here
[and on the door if available]

 

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.’

 

 

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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.