Northern dates for stand up comedian and activist Mark Thomas's one man show England & Son, are Unity Theatre in Liverpool (October 26-27); HOME, Manchester (October 31-November 4), Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough (November 8-9), and Sheffield Playhouse (November 28-29).
Written for Mark by award-winning playwright Ed Edwards, this is Mark’s first tour in a production he hasn't written himself. The show is based on characters from Mark's childhood as well as from Ed's personal experiences in jail. Highly acclaimed at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe, the show promises "some deep, dark laughs – and some deep, dark love along the way."
Mark is now as busy in theatre as he is on comedy gigs, having done shows about visiting the West Bank, espionage, lobbying Parliament, walking in the footsteps of the highest NHS officials, stopping arms deals and creating manifestos. He had six series of The Mark Thomas Comedy Product on Channel 4, several television documentaries and radio series, and has written books, grabbed a Guinness World Record and numerous awards, been awarded a Medal of Honour and succeeded in changing some laws along the way. Oh yes, and he recently acquired his London bus pass...
Ed Edwards started his creative career as a circus performer, but stopped when he "realised it was dangerous". He now juggles a writing career, lecturing, making films and child-rearing. He did three-and-a-half years in prison in the early 90s for drugs offences, but spent the time wisely and published his first novel. Ed has added four more since then, as well as a children’s book and writing for several TV dramas including Holby City, and previously Brookside and The Bill.
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