“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).
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 to be taken 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.
Content warnings: contains references to violence and drug use.
★★★★ “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