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.

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

The first show of this year was at a great Fringe day in the Wolverhampton Literature Festival, followed by a lovely audience in the Leicester Comedy Festival at the Cosy Club.

I’m looking forward to running a day workshop on April 6 for Writing West Midlands on Writing Humour. On May 15 & 16, I will be back at the Brighton Fringe  

I’m very pleased to be at the Buxton Fringe for the first time this summer (July 12, 13 & 17 – details to follow)

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

 

 

 

Gigs

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2019

March 3
Yes We Can’t
Open Mic spoken word slot
The Pretty Bricks
5,John Street, Walsall, W52 8AF

March 9
International Women’s Day Celebration
Comedy slot
St Andrews Sports and Community Centre
College Road, Handsworth, Birmingham, B20 2HX
7.15-10.30 pm  Tickets £3/£5/£7 on the door or from here

March 31
Limmud Midlands Conference, Birmingham
Despite Everything, Price Still Includes Biscuits

More information and to register for the day from here

April 4
Shrewsbury Poetry
Open Mic spoken word slot
St Nick’s Cafe Bar & Grill, opposite the library,
19:30-22:00
More details from here

April 6
Writing West Midlands
Day Workshop, Birmingham
Writing Humour
Booking details and more information here

May 8
Brewhouse Arts Centre, Burton-on-Trent
Despite Everything, Price Still Includes Biscuits
Evening performance
Booking details to follow soon

May 16 and 17
Brighton Fringe
Despite Everything, Price Still Includes Biscuits
6.30 -730pm
Junkyard Dogs: The Kennel
Brighthelm Centre
North Road, Brighton BN1 1YD
Tickets £8.00/£5.00  in advance online from here

July 12, 13 & 17
Buxton Fringe
Despite Everything, Price Still Includes Biscuits
The Green Man Gallery
Booking details to follow soon

 

 

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.