Surfing the Holyland is going live and in-person for three nights at Brighton Fringe 2021. This light-hearted musical dramedy truly is the perfect antidote to the past year with a dynamic 70-minute run time that delivers a healthy dose of laughter.
Erin Hunter expertly performs twelve characters at breakneck pace, four comedy songs on the ukulele, and her wide-eyed American protagonist who has been transplanted, suddenly, to exotic Tel Aviv – all single-handedly.
“This is the story of the year I spent in colourful, aggressive, neurotic Israel and how I survived. How my parents visited once and nearly disowned me; how my husband found God and then I sabotaged his Orthodox Bar Mitzvah. And how amid all of this… I learned to surf.”
Ultimately, it’s a story about hope, transformation, empowerment and how one immigrant finds her inner chutzpah on a surfboard. Hunter, her ukulele and her clever fringe-ready set will be ready to transport audiences at The Warren: The Oil Shed on Tues 15, Weds 16 and Weds 30 June.
Inspired by the year she spent living in Tel Aviv, Erin Hunter decided to write Surfing the Holyland. Trained at LAMDA and UCLA, Erin is ½ of the award-winning comedy duo Hunt the Vigan (Boobies in a Box – 8 million views, A Quick Fortune) and London-based actor (Theatre Royal Drury Lane, The Soho, Bush, Arcola and more). The show is directed by Adam Lenson (credits from The Old Vic, Public Theater (New York), Duke of York’s and St James
Theatre), and dramaturgy is by Sarah Sigal (PhD, Theatre and Performance, Goldsmiths).
After premiering at JW3 in London last July, Surfing the Holyland has been performed to rapt audiences at the Camden Fringe, Theatre Palisades (Los Angeles), and Alsaraya Jaffa Theatre (Tel Aviv).