Comedian and campaigner Mark Thomas returns to where it all began with his latest show, which comes to the Everyman in September.
The Red Shed is the third part of his theatrical trilogy, which began with the multi-award winning, critically acclaimed Bravo Figaro and Cuckooed. It concludes as he returns to the place where it all began – the Red Shed, a labour club in Wakefield, to celebrate its 50th birthday.
The Shed was home to Mark’s first public performances. Interviewing old friends and comrades, in his latest show he pieces together the club’s history, and works alongside it to campaign with some of the poorest workers in the country. It is, the blurb goes, “the story of the battle for hope and the survival of a community – 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”.
And why might this be just a little bit important? Well, in his time Mark Thomas has used comedy and his personal platform to investigate everything from Coca-Cola to inheritance tax avoidance; given evidence to Parliamentary Select Committees, stopped multinational infrastructure deals, been arrested on numerous occasions and founded a new definition for the word ‘Farage’.
The Red Shed is at the Everyman on Friday, September 16 and Saturday, September 17. For more information, see the Everyman’s website.