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Mark Thomas in England and Son

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“A nation that devours another will one day devour itself”.

Set when The Great Devouring comes home, England & Son is a one-man play written specifically for the award-winning political comedian Mark Thomas by award-winning playwright Ed Edwards (The Political History of Smack and Crack, Paines Plough’s Roundabout, Soho and UK tour).

This is the first play Mark has ever performed in that he has not written himself.

With some deep, dark laughs – and some deep, dark love – along the way, England & Son emerges from characters Mark knew in his childhood and Ed’s lived experience in jail.

Prepare for Mark to take you on a kaleidoscopic odyssey where disaster capitalism, empire, stolen youth and stolen wealth merge into the simple tale of a working-class boy who just wants his dad to smile at him.

The Scotsman Fringe First Award 2023 – Winner

Holden Street Theatres’ Edinburgh Fringe Award 2023 – Winner

Important information

Running time: Approximately 1 hour 40 minutes including interval

Age recommendation: 14+ (References to violence and drug use)

Ticket Prices:  £15

On Sale Dates:
22 May– Gold Friends, corporates and supporters
24 May – Friends
26 May – General Public

Friends – 5% off
Best Friends and Gold Friends – 10% off


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A powerful cinematic journey through ecstatic highs and bone-crushing lows. Not your average coming-of-age story.
Edinburgh Reviews

“Funny and ferocious”
The Guardian

Tremendous energy and real pathos… a tremendous performance from Mark Thomas’
The Stage

Fierce and sharp… profound and moving. A triumph for all concerned.


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Eat & Drink

Fresh, seasonal, and locally sourced produce. Enjoy the best in food and drink  at our restaurant Prelude or a quick delicious bite before the show.

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