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.

In 2018 I had 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 during 2017-8,  performing songs and true-life stories in rural venues with storyteller Cat Weatherill.

2019 has been a great year. I’ve toured the solo show to Wolverhampton, Leicester, Birmingham and Burton-upon-Trent.  I also had a great run at the Brighton Fringe in May with the award-winning venue, Junkyard Dogs and at the Buxton Festival Fringe at another fabulous venue, The Green Man Gallery. There were brilliant audiences all round.  I had another excellent 2-week run in August back at the Edinburgh Fringe and there are lovely audience comments here

In July, I delivered a creative travel writing piece and performed poetry at the Borders and Crossings conference at the University of Leicester.

In the autumn, I co-organised and performed in the very successful ‘pARTy Lines – a Literary Cabaret’ for Birmingham Literature Festival.  I took my solo show to the wonderful  South Scarle Community Centre near Newark. I also performed a work-in-progress ‘Whose Christmas is it Anyway’ for PILOT Nights at a lovely event at Warwick Arts Centre. I performed the piece again in Loughborough and Burton-on-Trent to very appreciative audiences.

On Feb 16th 2020, I’m looking forward to taking my solo show back to the Leicester Comedy Festival

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 more recent interview recorded at the Brighton Fringe 2019  here

 

Gigs

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2020

Sunday February 16
Leicester Comedy Festival
Despite Everything, Price Still Includes Biscuits – solo show
The Cosy Club,
68 Highcross Street, Leicester, LE1 4NN
3.15-4.15pm
Tickets £7.00 from 0116 456 6812 or here

Edinburgh Festival Fringe
August dates to follow

Reviews

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Despite Everything... Buxton Fringe Review 12.07.19 CROPPED‘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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