Mark Thomas: The Manifesto
Fri 18 Sep 2009 – Sat 3 Oct 2009
Mark brings a show that attempts to probe our collective creativity. The economy’s bust, the environment broken and governments have run out of ideas, the only people who can save the day… is us! Join Mark as he creates a People’s Manifesto to light our way through the gloom.
Each audience gets to nominate their favourite ideas to make Britain a better place and decide a policy for the Manifesto, which Mark will examine, road test and then make these policies reality… or at least try to. Ideas have ranged from attempting to buy a member of the House of Lords to helping bankers to experience destitution, from a maximum wage to hunting down dog owners who don’t clear up their hounds pile.
“A human time bomb who mixes comedy with old fashioned investigative journalism…very funny, irrepressible and devilishly clever”
“Thomas the polemicist deploys the comedian’s eye for a situation’s dark absurdities” ★★★★★
If you’re coming along to a show you can download and fill in a pdf of the form that will be handed out before the show to add your policy suggestion by clicking on the link below:
SPECIAL EVENT Sat 3 Oct 3.30pm: Join Mark for a live debate with members of the Greater London Authority. Admission FREE (advanced booking is advised)
Mark will be joined Jenny Jones of the Green Party, Joanne McCartney of the Labour party, Andrew Boff of the Conservative party, and Caroline Pidgeon of the Liberal Democrats to debate and discuss the policies voted through from Mark’s manifesto performances at the Tricycle. The policies, which so far they range from introducing a national maximum wage to establishing a national holiday celebrating the evolutionary theory – Darwin Day, will be discussed by Mark and GLA members to see if there are any policies that can make it off of the drawing board of Mark’s show and into the world of political reality. Who knows it might even start a trend of elected representatives taking their lead from the electorate?
The event is free, but audience members will be asked to donate a small sum of £2 to Turquoise Mountain, a foundation which invests in the regeneration of the historic commercial centre of Kabul, using their resources and skills to serve Afghan communities. Running time 1 hour.