Mark Thomas: A Show That Gambles on the Future
- Kelly Apter
- 13 August 2017
This article is from 2017
Political comic maintains his high standards with a less theatrical stand-up show
After last year's incredible theatre show, The Red Shed, Mark Thomas returns to the Fringe with more traditional stand-up fair. This time it's just him, a microphone, a few scraps of paper and some betting odds. We're here, Thomas tells us, to work together as a group. Our job is to vote (with our cheers) for the best prediction of the future proffered by our fellow audience members pre-show.
And by 'best', he doesn't mean what we'd like to see (Corbyn as prime minister, Trump assassinated, one woman's marriage not ending in divorce: yes, sometimes the predictions get pretty personal), but which one we think is most likely to occur. It's a fun concept, and one which is certainly boosting the coffers of Paddy Power, where Thomas heads with the £1 bet donations after each show. And at some point in the future, should our group prediction come good, a charity somewhere will benefit.
Compared to the heart-stopping suspension and heart-breaking tenderness of The Red Shed, this show might seem a little slight. But he's still Mark Thomas, which means we're treated to the best kind of hilarious political rantings, underscored by some deeply moving memories of a young Thomas growing up in the shadow of his violent father.
Summerhall, until 27 Aug (not 14, 19), 6pm, £15 (£12).