Ballad of the Burning Star

Ballad of the Burning Star crossed the Atlantic in May…

Co-presented by Acting Up Stage Company and Why Not Theatre in association with Koffler Centre of the Arts, Theatre Ad Infinitum are excited to announce the Canadian Premiere of our explosive Off West End Award and The Stage Award winning show, Ballad of the Burning Star this May.

The Theatre Centre, 1115 Queen St. West, Toronto
19 – 24 May 2015

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Our ‘Theatrical Hand Grenade‘ (The Guardian), is going on a second UK tour. During September – October 2014 we will be visiting 15 venues across the country so join us in a theatre near you!


Hull – Heads Up Festival, 5th/6th Sep
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Sevenoaks – The Space, Sevenoaks School, 11th Sep
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Petersfield – Beadales, 12 Sep
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Great Yarmouth – Unwrapped Festival 15th/16th Sep
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Sheffield – Crucible Studio Theatre 17th/18th sep
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Thanet – Looping the Loop Festival 19th Sep
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Halifax – Square Chapel 25th Sep
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Gloucester – Strike a Light Festival 28th/29th Sep
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Edge Hill University – The Arts Centre 30th Sep
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Bradford – Theatre In the Mill 2nd Oct
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Birmingham – MAC Birmingham 3rd Oct
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Darlington – Jabberwocky Market 4th Oct
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Torbay – Doorstep Theatre 9th Oct
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Leeds – West Yorkshire Playhouse 10th Oct
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London – JW3 12th Oct
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Theatre Ad Infinitum - Ballad of the Burning Star ∏ Alex Brenner, please credit (_DSC8291)

Multi-award winning Theatre Ad Infinitum (Translunar Paradise, The Big Smoke & Odyssey) presents an explosive tale. Armed with music, killer heels and a lethal troop of divas an enraged Israeli executes a story of victimhood, persecution, aggression and love. With shrapnel sharp voices and moves as smooth as an oiled tank chain, this cabaret troop invites you on a journey into the core of the conflicted Jewish State.

Winner of The Stage Award ‘Best Ensemble’ 2013

A theatrical hand grenade” – The Guardian **** (4)

A thrillingly edgy piece of entertainment” – The Scotsman ***** (5)

Bold and Inventive” – The Stage, a MUST SEE! Show


Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2013 Round Up

So after all was said and done -how did Ballad of the Burning Star fair at this year’s Fringe? Scroll down to find out about awards news, & press reactions, to the piece…

Ballad of the Burning Star at the Edinburgh Festival 2013 – a Mutli-Award Winning Sell-Out Success

Winner of:

The Stage Award for ‘Best Ensemble’

The Guardian’s ‘Best of the Edinburgh Fringe’

The ‘Sixth Star’ Bobby Award from Broadway Baby

And Nominated for:

Total Theatre Award for Innovation

Italian Impatto Totale Award

Musical Theatre Network Discretionary Award – For Innovation Within the Form

Critical Acclaim

“A theatrical hand grenade” – Lyn Gardner, The Guardian FOUR STARS

“Brilliant … Breathlessly inventive” – Tom Lamont, The Observer

“Exposing, raw and emotionally loaded” – The Stage ‘MUST SEE!’

The Scotsman 5 STARS

Edinburgh Guide 5 STARS
British Theatre Guide 5 STARS

Theatre Guide – London 5 STARS

The Skinny 5 STARS

Broadway Baby 5 STARS
Three Weeks 5 STARS

“This is powerful, daring theatre that will haunt you. A true original, it’s possible there’s never been anything quite like it” – A Younger Theatre 4 STARS

“A wonderful piece of theatre, the latest brightly glowing star in Theatre Ad Infinitum’s firmament” – Dorothy Max Prior, Total Theatre

“OUTSTANDING SHOW” – Fringe Review

Click on the quotes and stars above to read the full reviews online.

How It All Started: A Brief History

Ballad of the Burning Star began life as an idea of Nir Paldi’s (co-artistic director of Theatre Ad Infinitum) for a semi-autobiographical play that examined the ongoing war between Israel and Palestine through family stories. It aimed to explore identity, religion and politics in the region. After six weeks of R&D at Pleasance Theatre Islington, Redbridge Drama Centre and Edge Hill University in Nov-Dec 2010 in which the company experimented with stories, styles and ideas we realised that we wanted to find an unconventional and extraordinary way to tell our story. Something we’d never done before. Something that would surprise us and our audiences.

So delving into a world of cabaret, drag, and bringing an international all-female chorus to the UK seemed like the perfect way to lead our spectators on a tragic and explosive journey to the Holy Land. In March 2012 we assembled a company of willing and playful creatives for a week at Pleasance Theatre Islington to try out this idea -and the results were very exciting…

Following a successful Arts Council England bid, in co-production with Tara Arts, and Redbridge Drama Centre and supported by The Lowry’s ‘Developed With’ Program, The Bush Theatre, BI ARTS and The British Council, we received the necessary funds to go ahead and begin making our new play. As the piece evolved it departed from the autobiographical stories and by drawing on both Nir Paldi’s experiences and those of Israel Defence Forces (IDF) soldiers who have testified to the organization, Breaking the Silence, we found a story that we felt urgently needed telling. After seven weeks of rehearsals at Redbridge Drama Centre we performed a work-in-progress version of the piece over two weeks across three London venues in November 2012 so that audiences could be brought into this crucial phase of the creative process.

Ballad of the Burning Star Touring History: 



19/20 July 2013 | Pleasance Islington | @7.30pm

25/26 July 2013 | Shoreditch Town Hall | @9.00pm

30 July – 25 Aug 2013 | Pleasance Queen Dome, Edinburgh Festival Fringe | @5.15pm

London Work-in-Progress Performances 2012

7-10 Nov 2012 | Tara Arts | 7.30pm
12 Nov 2012 | The Bush Theatre – RADAR Festival | 7.30pm
14-16 Nov 2012 | Redbridge Drama Centre | 8.00pm


Thank you

Ballad of the Burning Star was co-produced with Tara ArtsRedbridge Drama Centre, and The Lowry, and supported by Arts Council England, Theatre Bench and Bush Theatre. We want to thank all of these organisations for their support and generosity in helping us to make Ballad of the Burning Star a reality. 


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