"creative and funny and brave"
-Karni Ziv, Keshet TV
"the best one-person show"
-Todd, audience at Camden Fringe
"quirky and funny and gorgeous"
-J Burton, Dash Arts
"Charming, funny and occasionally irreverent...a truly riveting performance...delightful and artfully witty ukulele numbers" -Joel Renouf-Cooke, Brighton reviewer
"Oh, we have sharks here... but they're not in the water." -Udi, Israeli surf teacher
Heather is bored of her job, bored of Ohio, and bored of (cough) fertility problems. . . so what happens she and her husband move to exotic Tel Aviv? Well, the Israeli "balagan"* slaps Heather with acute culture shock, a rejected visa, and a husband who finds God. So how does a clueless American survive the mad Middle East? She learns to surf!
Twelve colourful characters, four comedy ukulele songs and one woman searching for her inner chutzpah** on a surfboard in this dynamic solo show exploring the immigrant experience, female empowerment and rebirth. A classic fish-out-of-water tale with sharp observational comedy, electrifying storytelling and bold physicality from ½ of award-winning comedy duo Hunt the Vigan. Told as a series of surf lessons that playfully blurs the boundaries between comedy, musical and drama. Don't miss the show global audiences are raving about!
Surfing the Holyland is a work of absolute fiction. Any similarity to actual persons, living or dead, or actual events is purely coincidental...It is 100% fiction....95%…At least 90. Okay, 70. 70% fiction.
Directed by Adam Lenson who specialises in new and experimental musical theatre with credits from The Old Vic, Public Theatre (New York), Duke of York’s and St James Theatre.
Supported by JW3.
*BALAGAN: (Hebrew) a mess, a chaotic scene, a circus
**CHUTZPAH: (Yiddish) extreme self-confidence
WARREN OUTDOOR SEASON
THE WARREN FESTIVAL
Brighton Fringe Festival
ALSARAYA JAFFA THEATRE
Tel Aviv, Israel
CANAL CAFE THEATRE
Camden Fringe Festival
Pacific Palisades, CA, USA
PREMIERE AT JW3
Audience Reactions from Camden Fringe
Surfing the Holyland Clip: When to Stay out of the Water
Surfing the Holyland Character Intros
Mark Walker interviews Erin for The Warren's Summer Season plus a sneak peak at a ukulele number!
Listen to Erin interviewed by Melita Dennett about her run at Brighton Fringe (from 15mins in)