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Comic’s Mareel Trespass

South London comedian and political satirist Mark Thomas. Photo: Steve Ullathorne

AWARD-WINNING comedian and political satirist Mark Thomas is bringing his new show ‘Trespass’ to Mareel this spring.

The South Londoner, best known for his campaigning Channel 4 program ‘The Mark Thomas Product’, will perform in Lerwick on 25 March.

Thomas first rose to public attention through BBC Radio 1 show ‘The Mary Whitehouse Experience’ in the 1980s. He is a regular panel member on comedy shows such as ‘Have I Got News For You’ and ‘Saturday Zoo’.

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An observational comic with an anti-corporate political stance, he has been described by Chortle as “one of the few comics to still carry the political standard of alternative comedy”.

Winner of the Time Out comedy award in 1990, and nominated for the Perrier award in 1992, Thomas’s previous shows have included ‘Belching Out the Devil’, an expose of soft drinks giant Coca Cola in which he travelled the globe seeking out the stories and people its iconic advertising campaigns don’t mention; ‘BRAVO FIGARO!’, an award-winning account of his relationship with his opera-loving father, and ‘100 Acts of Dissent’, an account of an entire year spent “living provocatively” and carrying out acts of dissent.

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‘Trespass’ carries on from where ‘100 Acts of Minor Dissent’ left off. It is his usual odd mixture of theatre, stand-up and activism with a dash of journalism and a dollop of mayhem.

Thomas asks the question: if the ramblers of the 1930s were here now, what would they do to open up the cities? How do we turn the skyscrapers and corporate squares into our playgrounds?

He sets out to try and carve a small space in the urban world where mischief and random chance can lurk. No one knows where this show is going to end up.

  • Tickets will go on sale through Shetland Box Office at Mareel and Islesburgh, over the phone on (01595) 745555 and online at www.shetlandboxoffoice.org from Friday (8 January).
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