Never satisfied when he has just one minute to spare (or those who work with him!), Mark Thomas has created yet another unique, thought-provoking, politically minded masterpiece which he brings to the Durham Gala on Saturday 31st March.
Dodging cultural and literal bullets, Israeli incursions and religion, Mark Thomas and his team set out to run a comedy club for two nights in the Palestinian city of Jenin. Only to find it’s not so simple to celebrate freedom of speech in a place with so little freedom.
Jenin refugee camp, home to Jenin Freedom Theatre and to people with a wealth of stories to tell. Mark tells this story alongside two of its actors and aspiring comics, Faisal Abu Alhayjaa and Alaa Shehada. A story about being yourself in a place that wants to put you in a box.
With sell-out shows, non-stop awards, the highest critical acclaim, his own TV and radio shows, numerous documentaries, published books, Guinness World Records, influencing changes in the law, creating manifestos and exposing arms trade dealers, it’s no wonder that Mark is one of the UK’s most recognised performers and influential activists.
Marks’ book, Liar’s Quartet, is out via September Publishing.
www.markthomasinfo.com / TWITTER: @markthomasinfo
PRESS ON A SHOW THAT GAMBLES ON THE FUTURE
★★★★ “As ever Thomas is quick on his feet” THE TELEGRAPH
★★★★ “An hour of cathartic entertainment” THE INDEPENDENT
★★★★ “Politically astute and very well-informed… thoughtful and intelligent… this is an interesting way of coming at a satirical show” BRITISH THEATRE GUIDE
★★★★ “Thomas proves to be an energetic and compelling raconteur which take the audience along with him” BROADWAYBABY
★★★★ ”A supremely convincing sermon…he has fabulous” THE SKINNY
★★★★ “We're treated to the best kind of hilarious political rantings, underscored by some deeply moving memories” THE LIST
★★★★ “s brilliant as ever… an hour’s delightful, uproarious anarchy that left me feeling a lot more cheerful” SCOTS GAY
★★★★ “Had me cackling and laughing yet again” THE EDINBURGH REPORTER
“His passion and the sense of communion he brings are compelling” CHORTLE
JANUARY VENUE BOX OFFICE
Tues 30th HOVE, Old Market 01273 201 800
Weds 31st COLCHESTER, Arts Centre 01206 500900
Thurs 1st READING, South Street 0118 960 6060
Sat 3rd OXFORD, Old Fire Station 01865 263980
Mon 5th GLASTONBURY, Red Brick 01458 899564