Penelope is the Artistic Director of Laffa Jaffa Productions Ltd. She founded the company in 1994 and has produced, written and performed in the following live shows:
2016: PENELOPE SOLOMON ‘I was a penis at the Royal Festival Hall’
This brand new solo show had its premiere at Limmud, Birmingham. Penelope blends stand-up, with character comedy and original/yiddish songs. Join her on this autobiographical romp as she wrestles with the highs and lows of her acting ‘career’, her cultural heritage and parenthood.
REVIEW by Jewish News.
2007 – 2015: THE SOLOMON SISTERS
Yiddish Cabaret – blending melodies and harmonies from the golden age of New York’s Yiddish theatre. Click on the music page to listen.
Theatre Royal, Winchester – Click here to read 5* Review in Financial Times
Pleasance Theatre (Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2007),
Makor, New York,
Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester.
Live on BBC London 94.9
2002: TOWER OF BAGEL
A new sketch show with live Klezmer music from ‘The Bagel Band’. The show ran monthly at SOHO THEATRE and NEW END THEATRE.
It gained an extended run at SOHO THEATRE as part of ‘Jewish Arts Festival’ in Spring 2003.
‘Tower of Bagel’ played at the SOUTH BANK CENTRE in December 2003 as part of the festival ‘Cool Yule’. The production was sponsored by RAKUSENS LTD.
‘Solomon is superb as the awkward, estuary-twanged convert’ METRO
2001: HA HA HACKNEY
A new monthly comedy club created by Penelope Solomon and opened at ARCOLA THEATRE.
Established comics such as Dan Antopolski, Simon Munnery and Rob Deering performed stand-up in the show.
This production was sponsored by HACKNEY ACTION TEAM.
1998: SUCK IT AND SEE
A sketch show written by Peter Wilson and Penelope Solomon ran regularly at CANAL CAFE THEATRE. Sketches were commissioned by the BBC for ‘Comedy Nation’ and Carlton TV for ‘The Warehouse’.
1997: MISS BROADMOOR – LANDLADY TO THESPIANS
Written by Clive Hocker and performed by Penelope Solomon. A new one woman show opened at PLEASANCE – Edinburgh Festival 1997.
‘As a company Laffa Jaffa has a quietly impressive record of thoughtful, very human comedy plays. This show its third production is in a similar vein’
‘..hilarious black comedy, if ultimately a sad play, it is Solomon’s performance that makes the show’
‘The best hoovered show on the fringe’ THREE WEEKS
1996: LIFE ON MARS?
Written by Tom McCrory. This production was sponsored by PORTUGAL 600, received support from CALOUSTE GULBENKIAN FOUNDATION and was awarded a grant from the LONDON BOROUGHS GRANTS SCHEME. The show ran for three weeks at RIVERSIDE STUDIOS, London.
‘Theatre Choice’ GUARDIAN GUIDE
‘Exuberant character comedy’ THE STAGE
‘Penelope Solomon gives a beautifully observed performance’ WHAT’S ON
1994: FRENCH KISS
A new play by Tom McCrory was the company’s first production. GILDED BALLOON Edinburgh Festival 1994.
A national tour followed, including SALISBURY PLAYHOUSE and THE KOMEDIA (Brighton). It played at ETCETERA (London) and BAC (British Festival of Visual Theatre 1995). The production was sponsored by MEBP Architects and was BSIS matched under the ABSA Pairing Scheme.
‘Begins as a wacky comedy but grows gratifyingly darker’
‘The tragic-comic balance is beautifully maintained and the acting superbly judged’ THE SCOTSMAN