In association with West Yorkshire Playhouse

 mark thomas


The Red Shed

The Stage Special Award 2016 (The Red Shed)

Scotsman Fringe First winner – 2016 (The Red Shed)

Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award winner – 2014

Scotsman Fringe First winner – 2014 (Cuckooed)

Scotsman Fringe First winner – 2012 (Bravo Figaro)

Bank of Scotland Herald Angel winner – 2012

Sony Award for Radio Comedy winner – 2008

Guinness World Record Holder: Most Number of Political Demonstrations in 24 Hours – 2006

MediActivist Awards (MISTY) – 2005 

UN Association Global Human Rights Defender Award – 2004

Kurdish National Congress Medal of Honour – 2002

Time Out Comedy Award – 1990


The Red Shed is the third part of our favourite campaigning comic’s theatrical trilogy, following the much revered Bravo Figaro and Cuckooed. Mark returns to the place where it all began – the Red Shed, a labour club in Wakefield – to celebrate the club’s 50th birthday as he continues his tour in 2017 of yet another award-winning, highly acclaimed performance.


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.

With every one of his previous solo shows selling out their Edinburgh runs, snapping up awards and nominations and becoming a Radio 4 series, the Fringe would not be the same without this ‘alleged comedian’s’ explorations.  He’s won a Herald Angel award, the Amnesty International Freedom of Expression award and The Red Shed this year won him his third Scotsman Fringe First alongside The Stage Special Award. He’s stopped arms deals, created a manifesto and brought the winning policy to parliament, walked the entire length of the Israeli wall in the West Bank, filmed his own Channel 4 series, written books, won more awards, held Guinness World Records, investigated everything from Coca-Cola to inheritance tax avoidance, given evidence to Parliamentary Select Committees, stopped multinational infrastructure deals, been arrested on numerous occasions and founded a new definition for the word ‘Farage’. / TWITTER: @markthomasinfo



★★★★★ “One of Britain’s greatest storytellers…beautifully-paced and structured…a passionate humanity that surpasses most other work at the Fringe” THE SCOTSMAN

★★★★★ “Mark Thomas’ story telling is masterful, creating a vivid picture in the mind of the audience that will last long afterwards” EVERYTHING THEATRE

★★★★★ “A compelling, intimate and rousing performance that lifts the spirit…At times The Red Shed takes on a magical quality to it, like you’re not simply watching a play but are truly part of some great change that is inspiring to even be present for… you are completely engrossed from the moment he comes on stage to the moment he leaves it” BROADWAYBABY

★★★★★ “An intense and moving masterpiece… it really is a breath-taking performance” WHATS ON LONDON

★★★★½  “Mark Thomas’ conviction and passion ensure that this theatre/stand-up mash-up is absorbing from beginning to end” TO DO LIST

★★★★ “Thomas is a terrific performer and raconteur… funny, raw and angry” THE GUARDIAN

★★★★ “Evocative… hard to resist” SUNDAY TIMES

★★★★ “The show will still leave even the most laissez-faire Thatcherite Tory with food for thought and a reminder as to how deep the scars of that era run” THE TELEGRAPH

★★★★ “Thoroughly attention grabbing.. a moving and entertaining tale” METRO

★★★★ “MARK Thomas has been the left wing conscience of the Fringe for some years now… he channels a firebrand spirit which in the current political climate is more necessary than ever” THE HERALD

★★★★ “An engaging, warm-hearted performer” FINANCIAL TIMES

★★★★ “Intimate, self-deprecating and rambunctious. It is not just what he says, but how he says it that counts” THE STAGE

★★★★ “Very, very funny…I’d wager Thomas’ smart, everyman narrative, will charm you whatever your politics” WHATS ON STAGE

★★★★ “He is a superlative storyteller, whipping from poignancy to laughter in the twist of a punchline…we hang on the twists and turns of his investigation, sharing in his curiosity, passion and punchy wit” CHORTLE

★★★★  “It provides the expected passion and thoughtfulness that has characterised his recent theatrical outings” THE LIST

★★★★ “Moving, impassioned and often very funny… Thomas finds real heart and guts in the stories he uncovers” FEST MAG

★★★★”Disarmingly beautiful…Thomas is on magnificent form” THE SKINNY

★★★★ “Constantly interesting, frequently funny and occasionally poignant” ACROSS THE ARTS

★★★★ “Such passion, such rage, such superb command of audience, bringing them from uproarious laughter to silence and tears in the blink of an eye” SCOTS GAY

★★★★ “Finely tuned, warm-hearted and very funny… riveting stuff” SPIKED

★★★★ “No one of any political colour could deny the skill with which Thomas can work a room and deliver a spittle-flinging diatribe” TV BOMB

Left me in tears both from laughter and the emotion of it all” EDINBURGH REPORTER

★★ “90 minutes of pure socialist schmaltz” THE TIMES



NOVEMBER                 VENUE                                                                                     BOX OFFICE

Tues 29th                       BLACKWOOD, Miners Institute                                                    01495 227206

Weds 30th                      BRIDPORT, Arts Centre                                                              01308 424 204



Thurs 1st                       BRIDGWATER, McMillan Theatre                                                 01278 556677

Tues 6th                         FOLKESTONE, Quarterhouse Arts Centre                                      01303 858500

Thurs 8th                       STRATFORD, Arts House                                                            01789 207100

Fri 9th                            HALIFAX, Square Chapel Arts Centre                                           01422 349422

Sat 10th                         LANCASTER, The Dukes                                                             01524 598500



Weds 1st                        STIRLING, MacRobert Arts                                                          01786 466666

Thurs 2nd                       ABERDEEN, Lemon Tree                                                             01224 641122

Fri 3rd                                     INVERNESS, One Touch Theatre                                                  01463 234234

Sat 4th                           DUNDEE, Rep Theatre                                                                01382 223530

Tues 7th- Weds 8th          SALFORD, Lowry                                                                                   0843 208 6010

Fri 10th – Sat 11th            SHEFFIELD, Crucible                                                                  0114 249 6000

Tues 14th                       COVENTRY, Warwick Arts Centre                                                            024 7652 4524

Weds 15th                      CARDIFF, Sherman Theatre                                                        029 2064 6900

Thurs 16th                      OXFORD, North Wall                                                                  01865 319450

Fri 17th                          CANTERBURY, Gulbenkian                                                          01227 769075

Tues 21st                       TAUNTON, Brewhouse                                                               01823 283244

Weds 22nd                      EXETER, Corn Exchange                                                              01392 665938

Fri 24th                          HULL, Archbishop Sentamu Theatre                                   

Sat 25th                         HULL, Kingswood Theatre                                               

Tues 28th                       CORBY, Cube                                                                             01536 470470



Weds 1st                        DURHAM, Gala Theatre                                                              03000 266600

Thurs 2nd – Fri 3rd             NORWICH, Playhouse                                                                 01603 598598

Sat 4th                           EASTLEIGH, The Point                                                                023 80652333

Mon 6th-Sat 11th             LONDON, Battersea Arts Centre                                                  020 72232223

Thurs 16th                             NEWCASTLE, Northern Stage                                                      0191 230 5151

Fri 17th                                   BARTON ON HUMBER, The Ropewalk                                          01652 660380

Sat 18th                                  CHORLEY, Little Theatre                                                             01257 264362

Tues 21st                              SHOREHAM, The Ropetackle                                                       01273 464440

Weds 22nd                             MARGATE, Theatre Royal                                                                       01843 292795

Thurs 23rd                             TUNBRIDGE WELLS, Trinity Theatre                                            01892 678678

Fri 24th                          STROUD, Sub Rooms                                                                  01453 760900


For more information on Mark Thomas, please contact    

Bex Colwell: 07747 055227 / [email protected]