Walk on the extreme side with Mark Thomas

POLITICAL comedian Mark Thomas will return to the Pegasus Theatre in Oxford with his new show Extreme Rambling – Walking the Wall from Monday next week.

Never one to take the easy option, Thomas decided to go rambling in the Middle East and walked the entire length of the Israeli Separation Barrier between the Israeli and Palestinian sides.

This is a story of 300,000 settlers, a 750km wall, six arrests, one stoning and too much hummus.

A Daily Telegraph reviewer said: “… A brilliant investigative journalist disguised as a comedian…very funny indeed.”

His last two tours The Manifesto and Stupid Economy both sold out nationwide, and the results from the former were published in a pamphlet entitled The People’s Manifesto. The show was also recorded as a Radio 4 series due to be broadcast this month.

Thomas has become one of the country’s top comics as well as a recognised and influential political activist after 25 years on the stand-up circuit.

Other successes include six series of the Mark Thomas Product and the Mark Thomas Comedy Product on Channel 4, numerous documentaries, two books, radio programmes, writing for the New Statesman and Guardian, bringing about change in tax laws, and stinging arms dealers.

Mark Thomas is one of the patrons of Pegasus Theatre, along with others including actress Thelma Holt, illustrator Korky Paul, and bestselling children’s author Philip Pullman.

The new book Extreme Rambling – Walking the Wall will be released by Ebury Publishing in April.

Mark Thomas: Extreme Rambling can be seen in the Pegasus Theatre in Magdalen Road, Oxford, from Monday, January 31 to Thursday, February 3.

The show on Thursday, February 3, will be followed by a talk.

Tickets are £10, and are available from the box office on 01865 812150. Visit www.pegasustheatre.org.uk for online bookings and more information.