MARK THOMAS

Cuckooed

MARK THOMAS

Following a total sell-out Edinburgh Fringe run once again, one of comedy’s elder statesmen and all-round arty mischief-maker embarks on his 8th nationwide tour this autumn with a comedy of betrayal. Mark Thomas tells his true story of how Britain’s biggest arms manufacturer, BAE Systems, came to spy on a comedian in this five star, multi-ward winning, critically acclaimed tale of hubris, planes, demos and undercover deceit.

 

In 2012,  Mark’s first ever one-man theatre piece, Bravo Figaro, a touching and poignant tale first commissioned by the Royal Opera House about his opera-loving father which sold out its entire Fringe run, won Mark a Herald Angel award, a Scotsman Fringe First, and was recently broadcast on Radio 4. The show is set to tour Australia and New Zealand in 2015. With Cuckooed, his second theatre piece, Mark was awarded his second Scotsman Fringe First, as well as the Amnesty International Freedom of Expression award, an honour for which Mark declared was “a very inspiring experience and I feel very humbled”.

 

Mark’s shows have always been entirely different from each other; he’s stopped arms deals, created a manifesto and brought the winning policy to parliament, walked the entire length of the Israeli wall in the West Bank and most recently completed 100 Acts of Minor Dissent, which included taking the police to court over surveillance and finding a new definition for the word ‘Farage’.

 

We all know that it’s not just his live shows for which Mark creates the trouble he has become famous for; his Channel 4 series The Mark Thomas Comedy Product ran for six series, he’s published three books and a manifesto, had various series commissioned by Radio 4, won a Sony Award for My Life in Serious Organised Crime, been a regular contributor to political magazine The New Statesman, won numerous awards, holds a Guinness World Record, investigated everything from Coca-Cola to inheritance tax avoidance in various TV documentaries, given evidence to Parliamentary Select Committees and stopped multinational infrastructure deals. Oh, and of course he’s been arrested countless times in one day. Fortunately, he has just enough bastard in him to prevent him from becoming a national treasure.

www.markthomasinfo.com / TWITTER: @markthomasinfo

 PRESS ON CUCKOOED

★★★★★ “A brilliantly crafted hour… beautiful and heartfelt” METRO

★★★★★ “A brand of comedy that carries a far weightier purpose than to simply generate laughs…Cuckooed leaves a lasting impression” SUNDAY HERALD

★★★★★ “A masterful piece of storytelling and an engrossing hour” THE ARTS DESK

★★★★★ “Political theatre at its very best…takes the breath away… impassioned but lightened with underlying wit” BRITISH THEATRE GUIDE

★★★★★ “A very funny show about a serious, indeed deadly, business. This is vintage Mark Thomas – seriously funny in all the best senses, and as he so often is, bang on the money” EDINBURGH GUIDE

★★★★★ “Impassioned delivery, emphatic gesticulations and wry sense of humour… Thomas’ charisma is also inspirational and sparks a feeling of wanting to follow in his mischievous footsteps” TV BOMB

★★★★ “A clever, funny and angry show… an excoriating, heartfelt monologue” THE GUARDIAN

★★★★ “Thomas’s show ruefully tots up the cost of personal betrayal” SUNDAY TIMES

★★★★ “Involving, inspiring, furious and funny” THE TIMES

★★★★ “Thomas manages to bring light and humour to even the most startling revelations of deceit” THE TELEGRAPH

★★★★ “Thought-provoking entertainment” THE STAGE

★★★★ “Irresistible, funny, self-deprecating, infinitely accessible, eloquent” THE SCOTSMAN

★★★★ “Both hilarious and provocative” THE HERALD

★★★★ “The show itself could hardly have been more clever… both thought-provoking and hilarious, Thomas is always worth twice the asking price” EDINBURGH EVENING NEWS

★★★★ “Has that trademark Thomas blend of raw humour, emotion and ultimately a strong call to address injustice… exhilarating” THE LIST

★★★★ “Engrossing… brilliant… It certainly gives the audience plenty of food for thought, once they’ve finished laughing” CHORTLE

★★★★ “Personal, funny and heart-breaking… you definitely should see the show” ED FEST MAG

★★★★ “Utterly captivating… fearlessly funny” THE SKINNY

★★★★ “Thomas tells this tale with the skill, wit and passion one has come to expect from him… very powerful and chilling” BEYOND THE JOKE

★★★★ “Bracing, brilliant and necessary…Mark Thomas is the most intelligent of the modern leftist stand-ups… an unmissable hour” THEATRE CAT

★★★★ “He knows just how to land a line, how to shade it, how to invest what he’s saying with emotional weight” EXEUNT MAGAZINE

★★★★ “Mark Thomas successfully involves us in his sense of outrage… the subject matter is desperately important… leavened with the usual Thomas humour” SCOTS GAY

TOUR DATES

OCTOBER                                VENUE                                                                         BOX OFFICE

Weds 15th-Thurs 16th                  OXFORD, North Wall Arts Centre                                     01865 319450

Fri 17th                                      DIDCOT, Cornerstone                                                     01235 515144

Sat 18th                                     CAMBRIDGE, Junction                                                     01223 511 511

Tues 21st                                   LEEDS, West Yorkshire Playhouse                                   0113 213 7700

Weds 22nd                                  CHESTER, Town Hall                                                      01244 343 954

Thurs 23rd                                  LINCOLN, Drill Hall                                                        01522 873894

Fri 24th                                      EASTLEIGH, The Point                                                    023 8065 2333

NOVEMBER

Thurs 6th                                   DURHAM, Gala Theatre                                                  0300 026 6600

Fri 7th– Sat 8th                             LIVERPOOL, Everyman Theatre                                       0151 709 4776

Weds 12th -Thurs 13th                 BRISTOL, Tobacco Factory                                             0117 902 0060

Fri 14th –Sat 15th                         BIRMINGHAM, Mac                                                        0121 446 3232

Weds 19th                                  SALE, Waterside Arts Centre                                           0161 9125616

Thurs 20th – Fri 21st                    NOTTINGHAM, Lakeside Arts Centre                               0115 846 7777

Sat 22nd                                     BELFAST, MAC                                                               028 9023 5053

Weds 26th                                  EXETER, Phoenix Arts Centre                                           01392 66708

Thurs 27th                                  CANTERBURY, Gulbenkian Theatre                                  01227 769075

Fri 28th -Sat 29th                         NORWICH, Playhouse                                                     01603 598 598

DECEMBER

Mon 1st -13th                              LONDON, Tricycle Theatre                                              02073 281000

For more information on Mark Thomas, please contact Bex Colwell:                              

07747 055227 / bexcolwell@yahoo.com     

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