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Mark Thomas – National Theatre

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Wednesday 7th April 2010

So it’s back-to-back nights at the National Theatre, with the Mark Thomas Manifesto Election Special.

I was in two minds booking an event on April 6th and/or April 7th as it coincides with a really sad period in my life. But 4 years on, it was obvious my mother would have rather I was out having fun, rather than staying in reflecting at her loss.

The National Theatre is even more impressive when observed from high up in the amphitheatre. The direct views from the stalls are great, whilst the amphitheatre hangs over the auditorium offering a completely different experience, almost like hovering above the performance.

One year on from the work in progress shows for the People’s Manifesto, it was interesting to see how far both the serious and the more obscure ideas had developed. There were numerous ‘interesting’ ideas put forward by a variety of audiences, but the one that received the loudest applause was the ingenious ‘if it pisses down with rain on a bank holiday, it will be considered a rollover’.

Mark Thomas introduced Danny Kushlick, the founder and director of Transform Drug Policy Foundation, who will present the People’s Manifesto in the constituency of Bristol West. Notable policies included the introduction of a maximum wage, the scrapping of Trident and the introduction of a Tobin tax on all currency transactions.

A fun and rewarding night out, apart from the pathetic heckler during Danny’s speech. I had a feeling that if Mark wasn’t going to climb into the amphitheatre to thump him one, members of the audience were likely to lynch him. Eventually, the audience did verbally turn on him forcing the annoying heckler to sulk in his seat. Well done to Mark Thomas, all the audiences throughout the tour, and good luck Danny Kushlick.

UPDATE: Danny Kuchlick received 343 votes, 0.6% of the votes.

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May 8, 2010 at 5:13 am

Mark Thomas – Arts Depot

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Thursday 19th February 2009

I’ve enjoyed The Mark Thomas ‘Comedy’ Product for years and have seen him perform live on a few occasions. So it’s always a pleasure when there’s another opportunity to see him in action.

Over the years, Mark Thomas has tackled a number large corporations and institutions who use their immense power to pretty much do whatever they like. The huge number of Nestle internal emails mentioning his name, was proof of how much a nuisance he has become to big business.

On a previous tour, among other things, Mark Thomas examined the likelihood that Santa Claus wears red as a consequence of early Coca Cola adverts, local villages were being drained of water supplies in places Coca Cola had set up factories, and that Fanta Lemon was created during the reign of the Nazi party, as it was not possible to produce Coca Cola locally in the 1930s.

The work in progress nights formed part of the Manifesto tour, where Mark Thomas was able to test some of his material. Audience members that had arrived early were able to write down ideas/policies for inclusion in our very own manifesto. It was a fun experience and pretty amazing to hear some of the stuff the audience had come up with. Some were quite clever, some were completely dismissed (mine included) and some took imagination to a new level.

Once again, the political commentator and comedian performance was enlightening. I consider Mark Thomas an educational comedian, as I always leave an event feeling like I’d just attended a Master Class.

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March 11, 2010 at 3:50 am