Mark Thomas returns to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2013

This article is from 2013

Mark Thomas returns to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2013

Photo: Steve Ullathorne

The political comedian's latest show is called 100 Acts of Minor Dissent

At last year’s Fringe, Mark Thomas wrote his most personal show to date, when he gave us the sublime and moving Bravo Figaro. To the intrigue of plenty, he housed the piece (about arranging an opera performance in his dad’s living room) at the Traverse Theatre, perhaps signalling an intention to attract a different kind of crowd as well as letting his longstanding comedy fans see the inside of a venue they might normally ignore during August.

For 2013, he is back on more solid comedy ground at The Stand, with a new show harking back to the more mischievous work he undertook in his Mark Thomas Comedy Product / Channel 4 days. With 100 Acts of Minor Dissent, he is planning a year of committing (mainly) legal bits of bad behaviour, such as photographing a police officer every day (except at weekends) just to see how they react. So far, some have taken it in a decent spirit, others have covered their faces, the odd one has claimed Thomas is causing harassment.

He insists that the show’s aim is to try and make us more aware of how things have developed to our detriment and to incite an intervention on behalf of people’s civil rights. The plan to offer a taxi service for bankers by dropping them off at the nearest airport is the kind of thing he’s proposing. The show might not move audiences to tears, but it will certainly shift the way we think about the world around us.

The Stand III & IV, 3–25 Aug.

Mark Thomas: 100 Acts of Minor Dissent

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The political heavyweight of the comedy world is renowned for causing mayhem in the quest for fairness and good. Tonight he talks about his many acts of dissent.