Political activist and comedian, Mark Thomas, is bringing together an excellent line-up of comics for yet another great cause. Mark will be joined by Omid Djalili, Phill Jupitus, Isy Suttie and Imran Yusef at London’s Comedy Store on the Spring bank holiday, Monday 27th May, for a benefit to help raise funds for Belarus Free Theatre.
Belarus has the last remaining dictatorship in Europe and the Belarus Free Theatre was founded in March 2005 by Natalia Kaliada and Nicolai Khalezin. Their performances are often done in secret and are subject to targeting and censorship by the authorities. They sought political asylum in the UK in 2011 and created a new part of the company in London. They continue their work with the permanent ensemble left behind in Minsk, who perform and tour around the world as Belarus Free Theatre. The funds raised from this evening will help the company in their work.
Belarus Free Theatre creates unique theatre because of its innovative approach to urgent and challenging social and political issues. It is impossible for any other company to perform the plays devised and produced by the company as the essence of their work is born out of their personal experiences and research. They have performed in over 42 countries around the world and is recognised for its unique role in theatre as well as for its denial of the narrow options offered to it by a contemporary world. Its trustees include Michael Attenborough, Jude Law and Samuel West.
VENUE: The Comedy Store, 1a Oxendon Street, London, SW1Y 4EE
DATE: Monday 27th May
BOX OFFICE: 0844 871 7699 / www.thecomedystore.co.uk
Multi award winning comedian and activist Mark Thomas has so much under his already politically expanded belt that there could not possibly be anything left in this world untouched by his investigations. His last UK tours, ‘The Manifesto’ and ‘Stupid Economy’, both sold out nationwide and inspired audiences across the UK to voice their own ideals. The results from ‘Manifesto’ were published in a pamphlet entitled The People’s Manifesto (Ebury Publishing) and the show has also been recorded as a Radio 4 series, due to be broadcast in January next year. So what next?
Never one to take the easy option, Mark decided to go rambling in the Middle East and walked the entire length of the Israeli Separation Barrier crossing between the Israeli and the Palestinian side. This is the story of 300 000 settlers; a 750 km wall; six arrests, one stoning; too much hummus and a simple question… can you ever get away from it all with a good walk?
Mark has become one of Britain’s most acclaimed comics as well as one of Britain’s most recognised and influential activists. After 25 years of performing, six series of the Mark Thomas Product and Mark Thomas Comedy Product with Channel 4, numerous documentaries, two books published by Ebury Press, radio programmes, changing the law on tax, secretly filming torturers, stinging arms dealers with school children, exposing abuses of civil liberties and corporate skulduggery, writing for the New Statesman and the Guardian, Mark has finally conceded that he might have a career yet.
Mark’s new book, Extreme Rambling-Walking the Wall will be released via Ebury Publishing in April.
For more information, please visit: www.markthomasinfo.com
***** “Thomas has pretty much pushed his brand of intrusive and peripatetic comedy to the limit” THE TELEGRAPH
***** “Moving and inspiring…as gripping as any live performance you will see” THE GUARDIAN
**** “[Thomas] delivers an intelligent and entertaining tour of the one of the most fought-over patches of land on the planet…” THE TIMES