Mark Thomas brings his political comedy The Red Shed to this year’s Fringe that recounts his search for a story regarding singing children at the miner’s strike in 1985.

With plenty of audience interaction, ranging from a singalong, to masks and acting, Thomas brings to life his journey and quest for the truth, at the same time sharing his vast experiences as part of the Red Shed’s community.

Despite his enthusiasm and on-point wit that fits cleverly into his tale, at times the show feels like a large-scale pub story rather than one worthy of a theatre production.

However, behind this story, Thomas is recreating an important event in national history and highlighting the solidarity and unity that lies at the heart of the Red Shed and all of its patrons. The Red Shed is not for everyone but definitely an interesting and enlightening watch for many.

Words: Nastassia Sutherland

Picture: Sally Jubb

Mark Thomas: The Red Shed, Traverse, Aug 7-29 (not 15, 22), times vary

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