Phoebe Morgan talks to controversial comic Mark Thomas who performs at Aldershot’s West End Centre on September 11 and Farnham Maltings on October 1
You might know him as the man who organised a flashmob in the Apple store in London as a protest against tax evasion. You may have spotted him on Channel 4 hosting his own comedy show and performing political stunts. You could have caught sight of him in the Aldershot West End centre earlier this year leading a rousing version of Hurry up Harry by Sham 69. Either way, you won’t have missed him and if by some cruel twist of fate you have, all is not lost.
Political comic Mark Thomas, 50, will be coming to two major venues in Aldershot and Farnham this autumn as part of his exciting new tour, ‘100 acts of minor dissent.’
So far, London-born Mark has completed 21 of the 100 acts and plans to finish his last on May 13 next year.
“One of my favourites has been charging into the Apple Store in Regents Street,” he said.
“They actually tried to kick us out, I think we last for about six minutes. The thing is that people aren’t all paying their tax and it is something that’s becoming a major global issue.”
So what kind of response has he had to his acts of dissent so far?
“I think that actually everyone is dissenting from a very young age but they don’t act on it because they don’t realise that we are allowed to be dissenting.
“I’m not seeking a major revolution, I’m just happy that people are joining in and coming along to stuff.
“My work all exists outside of theatre – I tackle real issues.”
Mark has visited Aldershot and Farnham on several occasions before and said he was a big fan, especially of the West End Centre in Aldershot, which he described as “a proper community venue”.
“I loved the West End Centre,” he said. “I could feel that people were really passionate about keeping it open. It shows that communities are far bigger than the financial bonds keeping them together.
“It felt like a real community venue which is very important, and I’m looking forward to coming back. Last time I was there we wanted to create an English anthem as opposed to a British one, and we decided on Hurry up Harry so the audience all sang it at the end of my set.”
Tickets to see Mark at the West End Centre, Aldershot, are available on 01252 408040. To see him at the Farnham Maltings call 01252 745444.