Tuesday, October 31, 2006

In defense

You suspect you are a borderline SAD (seasonal affective disorder) sufferer when you take to voluntarily travelling twelve tube stops on the first GMT Monday evening to catch a show about international arms dealing. Misery seeking company shouldn't come at such an effort. And of this I was quietly concerned last night, until I became instantly riveted by Mark Thomas's show, As Used on the Famous Nelson Mandela.

Thomas defies description. He says he used to be a stand-up comedian. Now he doesn't know what he is. Satirist? Campaigner? Underground informer? Probably all, and from a few rows back at the Tricycle Theatre last night, a pretty convincing Inspector Rebus look-alike, complete with bulbous eyes and attitude.

Thomas's show is basically a live edit of his recent book which tells of him posing as a potential arms buyer to find out how easy it was to obtain weapons banned under Government export controls. He has the air of an effusive friend in the pub who is bubbling over with enthusiasm to tell you about this wicked thing that happened to him last week. And like all good story tellers, Thomas's 90 fact-packed minutes could be trimmed, but he does have a lot to say.

Thomas has some great one-liners including when he describes one politician as "one of those modern Tories who is just a moisturiser away from a monocle and shotgun." But my favourite part was less about guns, and more about his fiendish plan to irritate the Charing Cross police by staging lone demos in Parliament Square at the expense of the "Brian Haw law", which demands that anyone holding a demonstration in the environs of Parliament Square must apply for a license.

Mark's next lone demo is on 15th November with permission forms due in 8th November. Anybody game? I plan to apply for a ban on those (still curiously creepy) live painted statue people.

Tickets for the Tricycle show are sold out, returns by phone only. 0207 328 1000.
Other future UK performance dates can be found here.

26 Comments:

Blogger Moaner Lisa said...

I am going to protest against the use of the word "wacky"...

3:18 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am going to protest against the sellingout of tickets before a show starts. Bad on you Londoners this doesnt happen in Brum

3:58 pm  
Anonymous honkman said...

Mark Thomas is brilliant with his Kalashnikov massacre reinactments.

Saw him at Soho before but older show

3:59 pm  
Anonymous bighouselittleman said...

I want to protest footing the rent bill to Buck Palace all these years

4:02 pm  
Anonymous Claire said...

So is he still campaigning on behalf of Parliament Sqaure protestestor?

His book looks good

4:11 pm  
Anonymous Ella said...

Going Friday thanks to your early booking tip bcak a few months now.
Very excited Slicky!

4:18 pm  
Anonymous Jan said...

Just rang and picked up two for Thursday night.
Returns are available. Great tip :-)

4:29 pm  
Anonymous Tanya said...

I want to protest school trips along the Southbank. It is just too narrow!

4:45 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would protest charging tourists to get into Westminster Abbey. It is just well sacreligious .

5:33 pm  
Anonymous badgelady said...

Just bought 2 last minute returns for this evening of Mark Thomas. thanks for listing phone number CS!

5:37 pm  
Anonymous Kendra said...

i protest mainstream critics who edge out new blogging talent :-)

7:01 pm  
Blogger ems said...

Saw him last year when he was trying out stuff for his new show. Very good.

I'd support a ban on mobile phones on public transport.

7:21 pm  
Anonymous Samson said...

Funny I am just reading his book as we speak. Very interesting especially about his particular project to thrwart the Hindujas.

I would support a ban on those damns slides at Tate Modern. Stupid giggle machines do not belong in the house of modern art.

7:29 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh I agree the live painted statue people are creepu indeed
They are a global phenomenon too
Scary

10:10 pm  
Anonymous gin said...

Love your 'voice' City Slicker

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Anonymous treehouseblog said...

Great blog
Love the mixture of pictures links and humourous text.
Makes mine look like a long boring ramble.
Well done City Slicker!

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