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Mark Thomas: The Red Shed is here at Colchester Arts Centre for 2 shows on Friday 30th September. It is the third part of our favourite campaigning comic’s theatrical trilogy, which began with the multi award winning, critically acclaimed Bravo Figaro and Cuckooed, and concludes in another nationwide tour  as Mark returns to the place where it all began - the Red Shed, a labour club in Wakefield - to celebrate the club’s 50th birthday. 

The Shed, home to Mark’s first public performances, is also a home to dissent, to organising and to progressive politics, and so it was here that Mark’s true political prowess began. 

An iconic and vital place for its patrons, this is where the true meaning of solidarity is found and where you can be part of history and part of the struggle. A south London lad, born to a Thatcherite world of self-employed builders, labourers and tradesman like his father where the individual is key, Wakefield’s alien traditional labour community awoke a new determination in Mark and changed his life forever. 

Interviewing old friends and comrades, Mark pieces together the club’s history and works alongside it to campaign with some of the poorest workers in the country. It is the story of the battle for hope and the survival of a community. It is a tale of strikes, fights, dinner ladies, crap beer, good beer,  burger slingers, pickets, placards, commies, friendship, love, history, dreams and, above all, remembering. Part theatre, part stand up, part journalism, part activism, Mark realises his obsession with community and struggle.

We asked Mark Thomas about his return to our venue. This is what he had to say…

“I love performing at Colchester Arts Centre, it has a quirky and idiosyncratic weirdness, that is homely and grand at the same time. It is a cultural ray of light.
And I always love the way it feels like part comedy gig part community outting. 
Looking forward to it immensely, especially as we are re configuring the place especially for this gig to make people really feel part of the show. It is going to be intimate and glorious.
I promise.”

You can join us at 7pm (doors 6.30pm) or at 9.30pm (doors 9pm) this Friday, 30th September. Tickets are currently available for both shows and are priced at £12 / £8 concessions. Please hurry as capacity as strictly limited.

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