Mark Steels the show
January 25, 2011
FOLLOWING his highly acclaimed, Sony Award winning and Writers Guild Award winning Radio 4 comedy show Mark Steel’s In Town, writer and stand-up comedian Mark Steel is back on the road.
Mark will be appearing in three towns in our area this month: Aldershot, Epsom and Basingstoke.
Bringing an element of Mark Steel’s In Town to each live show on this tour, means Mark will write material shedding light on the quirkiness and interesting aspects of every town and city he visits, allowing each show to be unique. Mark Steel says of his recent Radio 4 local knowledge experiences: “In the North Yorkshire farming town of Skipton, I told the audience I’d seen a sign for Keighley, and wondered whether that was Skipton’s rival town. It went chillingly quiet and one woman called out with calm menace ‘Keighley – is a sink of evil’.
“And there was Boston, whose complaint that it’s been unfairly labelled as a ‘chav’ town seems compromised by the shop in its High Street called It Must be Stolen.
“So as the armies unleashed by Tescos, chain stores, and assorted call centres continue in their effort to make everywhere miserably identical, I come with a mission to save
Mark is committed to performing a routine about the history of every town he’ll perform in. However, he may regret making this promise.
Mark has presented the BAFTA nominated Mark Steel Lectures for BBC2, is a regular on BBC One’s Have I Got News For You and Radio 4’s Newsquiz. He’s written several, acclaimed books, including: Reasons To Be Cheerful and What’s Going On and he writes a weekly column for The Independent.
To see Mark at The Haymarket Basingstoke, on Wednesday, February 2, call 01256 844244 or visit www.anvilarts.org.uk; for his date at Epsom Playhouse, on Saturday February 5, call 01372 742555/742227 or visit www.epsomplayhouse.co.uk and for the show at Princes Hall, Aldershot, on Saturday, February 26 call 01252 329155 or visit www.princeshall.com.