England & Son

Starring Mark Thomas

Mark Thomas in England & Son

(Running time 1hour 40 mins including interval)

A play written by Ed Edwards and directed by Cressida Brown

“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 and 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.

Age guidance: 14+

Contains references to violence and drug use.

Winner of The Scotsman Fringe First Award, the Holden Street Theatres Award, the Lustrum Award and the Entertainment Now Outstanding Theatre Award.


★★★★ “Ferocious script, sharply directed and magnificently delivered.”The Times

★★★★ “Expertly played blistering solo. ”The Telegraph

★★★★ “ Funny and ferocious”The Guardian

★★★★ “Fierce and sharp.. profound and moving… A triumph for all concerned. ”Whats On Stage

★★★★ “A hurricane of charismatic energy, leaving the audience too gripped to leave and too scared to interrupt.”British Theatre Guide

★★★★ “Heartbreakingly powerful, sharp and tragic… he remains one of the great performer storytellers of our time.”The Scotsman

★★★★★ “A searing one-hander that burns on long after the audience has vacated their seats”Festmag.com

★★★★★ “Extraordinarily powerful.”scotgayarts.com

★★★★★ “Thomas is electrifying … an exceptional work … a must see! ”therecs.co.uk

“ Boisterous but tender”Evening Standard


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