Last night i headed down to The Lowry Theatre in Salford to watch Mark Thomas`s The red shed which has won The Scotsman Fringe First winner – 2016
The Red Shed is the third part in a trilogy that started with the multi award winning shows Bravo Figaro and Cuckooed.
A story of strikes, fights, dinner ladies and commies. Crap beer, great beer, burgers and burger slingers. Pickets, placards, friendship, love, history, dreams and above all remembering.
Multi award winner Mark returns to the venue of some of his first performances , which is a red wooden shed in Wakefield (the labour club) to help celebrate the shed`s fiftieth birthday.
It`s billed as “the story of the battle for hope and the survival of a community in a small wooden shed.” and it does not disappoint, Mark Thomas is a genius storyteller and his passion for the subjects covered are immediately visible. With the help of some of the audience to help portray the characters in his story Mark has carefully interwoven the stories and political events into one very well put together piece of theatre
With a very simple set including chairs brought from the club and a big set of double red doors the show is a unique mix of journalism, theatre, stand up and activism (it is Marks forte after all) and i suggest you get on down tonight if you can (see booking link for details on tonight`s show) and if you can not get down to Salford tonight try and catch this show on its UK tour.
For tickets for tonight`s (08/2/17) performance click HERE
For more details about the tour click HERE