A progress report on a year of committing acts of minor dissent
Over the decades, Mark Thomas has poked his nose into enough things to cause a politician to resign, arms deals to collapse, reform inheritance tax law, force the odd multinational to clean up its act a little and accidentally become Guinness World Record holder for political protests.
Following his critically acclaimed, award-winning and deeply personal theatre show Bravo Figaro, Mark is back to doing what he does best: mischief. On the May 13, Mark set himself the task of committing 100 "acts of minor dissent" in the space of a year and, on the stroke of midnight on May 13, 2014, the task will end.
The show is his catalogue of those acts, from the smallest action to the grandest confrontations. The results are hilarious, subversive, mainly legal and occasionally inspiring.
In 2010, Mark walked the entire length of the Israeli wall in the West Bank and his subsequent 2011 show, Extreme Rambling: Walking the Wall, went on to tour nationwide from the National Theatre to the North Western Reform Synagogue and was named the Telegraph's Show of the Year 2011.
His last Edinburgh show, Bravo Figaro!, was his first ever theatre show; a moving account about his father's degenerative illness and a love of opera.
With six series on Channel 4, numerous awards, TV documentaries, three books, a published manifesto, a fifth series of Manifesto commissioned for Radio 4, a Sony Award for his show My Life in Serious Organised Crime, a magazine column that caused a diplomatic incident, the occasional arrest (mainly other people's, though not exclusively), court cases, giving evidence to Parliamentary select committees and no small amount of messing about, it's no wonder that Mark is the UK's favourite political comedian.
Mark Thomas will be at the Acorn Theatre, Penzance, next Thursday; The Poly, Falmouth on Friday, September 27. He returns to the Westcountry in November for shows at Exeter's Phoenix (10th); The Plough, Great Torrington (15th) and Calstock arts (16th).