THE RED SHED BY MARK THOMAS
Age guidance 15+ (Mark likes to swear)
Followed by a live Q&A with Mark and a number of guests.
Tickets are £5 (20% of which is being generously donated t our Pound Arts Comeback Fund). You’ll receive a special link by email which will reserve your place at the show. Enjoy!
The Red Shed is part of Mark’s theatrical trilogy, following the much-revered Bravo Figaro and Cuckooed. Mark returns to the place where it all began – the Red Shed, a labour club in Wakefield – to celebrate the club’s 50th birthday as he continues his tour in 2017 of yet another award-winning, highly acclaimed performance.
The Shed, home to Mark’s first public performances, is also a home to dissent, to organising and to progressive politics, and so it was here that Mark’s true political prowess began. An iconic and vital place for its patrons, this is where the true meaning of solidarity is found and where you can be part of history and part of the struggle. A south London lad, born to a Thatcherite world of self-employed builders, labourers and tradesman like his father where the individual is key, Wakefield’s alien traditional labour community awoke a new determination in Mark and changed his life forever.
Interviewing old friends and comrades, Mark pieces together the club’s history and works alongside it to campaign with some of the poorest workers in the country. It is the story of the battle for hope and the survival of a community. It is a tale of strikes, fights, dinner ladies, crap beer, good beer, burger slingers, pickets, placards, commies, friendship, love, history, dreams and, above all, remembering. Part theatre, part stand up, part journalism, part activism, Mark realises his obsession with community and struggle.
‘At once intimate, self-deprecating and rambunctious… It’s not just what he says, but how he says it that counts.’ The Stage
‘Thomas is a terrific performer and raconteur, and he has the gift of making an instant community out of a group of strangers.’ The Guardian
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