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REBEL, REBEL: comedian Mark Thomas comes to Bridgwater Arts Centre
1:04pm Thursday 19th September 2013 in What's On
LASSOOING comedy to tackle the hard issues? Mark Thomas reckons he “can’t do anything else”.
“I’m trapped,” he says. “It’s all I know how to do. I’ve never had a proper job.”
Not that we believe him. Thomas has just finished up yet another electric Edinburgh Fringe with his latest pack-a-punch tour, ‘100 Acts of Minor Dissent’.
Laying on a play that was unwritten four days’ previous; coordinating an anti-homophobia LGBT protest gig in the street outside the Russian Consulate, in between shows – it’s all in a day’s work for Thomas.
On Saturday, September 28, the political activist, reporter and writer comes to Bridgwater Arts Centre to continue his personal challenge – that of committing 100 rebellious acts in just 12 months.
What’s more, he’s inviting you, the public, to pitch in with ideas for the task in hand.
From the smallest and silliest gesture to the grandest, lawchanging confrontations, the results of each tour date have been subversive, hilarious, mainly legal, and often thought-provoking.
Chatting to the Mercury, he says: “All change – progressive change – has started with a very simple thing, which is a premise of withdrawing your support; about inciting action by saying, I’m no longer going to give that thing my tacit support.
“What I’m doing is collecting one hundred acts and seeing where we go.
“It’s about the very tension … that an act may lead to something else.
And it’s about personal responsibility as well. It’s about all the things that you see happen around you that you don’t want to happen.”
Audience reactions? “People are inspired. We get all sorts of stuff, and that’s really exciting.
“People write in with ideas – anyone from Bridgwater with an idea should send them to me via my website.
“Afterwards of course I’ll just be shoved into a gold-plated limo.”
He continues. “I am an optimist. I believe humanity’s capacity for good has got the capacity to outweigh our capacity for bad.”
As to what to expect on the night? Mark’s lips are firmly sealed.
Tickets for ‘100 Acts’ are £15/£10 from bridgwaterartscentre.co.uk The show starts at 8pm.