Mark Thomas: Trespass - Work in Progress 5***** - One4Review
one4review | On 10, Aug 2015
There are many performers on the Fringe (or elsewhere) who would love to have their finished and polished show look like Mr Thomas’ ‘work in progress’. It’s a full and full-on hour of everything you’d expect: articulate, passionate, expert use of tone, pace and style, clearly structured and sign-posted, as well as being interesting, engaging and funny.
The show’s generating spark is the encroachment of private business and individuals onto physical public space, with its knock-on effect of encroachment in the conceptual space of democracy: businesses buy public land and impose their own un-democratic laws on anyone in the space. Mark tells stories of his various walks in London and his ingenious attempts to challenge these undemocratic encroachments.
If I had one critique of this show, it would be that it’s very London-centric, and I’m not familiar with many of the places mentioned, so a few extra slides would have assisted, although their lack did not detract from the show. There were also a few niggles in the layout of the venue because of badly-placed speaker stacks.
However, this is an energetic and thought-provoking hour.
Reviewed by Laura
Summerhall, 17:00 (not 20th)