MARK THOMAS – ‘CHECK UP: OUR NHS@70’ – Darwen Library Theatre – 15th Feb

Published January 23, 2019 at 13:43

Following a ground-breaking tour of his last show Showtime From the Frontline in which he, alongside two Palestinian comics, re-enacted their time setting up a comedy club in Jenin, Mark Thomas turns his attention back to the UK and to our very own National Health Service.

Selling out his Fringe run once again this year to absolute critical acclaim, Mark’s now famous, unique style of theatre, comedy, investigative journalism and reportage won him yet another prestigious Scotsman Fringe First Award this August and he went on to perform the show for a two week sell-out run at London’s Arcola Theatre.

Mark is 54, the NHS is 70, and the UK national average life expectancy is 84. If Mark makes it to 84, the NHS will be 100. What will they both look like?

Based on a series of interviews with leading experts in and on the NHS, residencies in hospitals and surgeries, and with theatre director Nicolas Kent, Mark uses his own demise to explore the state we’re in; what’s going wrong in our NHS, how it can go right, and what the future might hold for us all. / TWITTER: @markthomasinfo

★★★★★ “Check Up is a fantastic a stirring presentation from start to finish” REVIEWS HUB
★★★★★ “Possibly his finest work to date… I cannot praise this show enough… a very accomplished piece” EDINBURGH REPORTER
★★★★ “Thomas’s wide-eyed astonishment is infectious… having painted a picture of extraordinary care and commitment, Thomas is able to fire his political volleys from the inside” THE GUARDIAN
★★★★“An engaging and informative 75 minutes where anger and humour bounce off of each other to good purpose” THE INDEPENDENT
★★★★ “This a show that comes from the guts” THE TELEGRAPH
★★★★ ”A compelling, heartfelt documentary” METRO
★★★★ “A devastatingly thorough portrait of a system in crisis, shot through with unlikely humour as Thomas’s fury grows” FINANCIAL TIMES
★★★★ “Perfectly balanced between laugh-a-minute entertainment and hard-edged political commentary… a wonderful tragicomic journey” THE SCOTSMAN
★★★★“A passionate, deeply moving tale of courage, resilience and human compassion in ever more challenging circumstances – and, most importantly, a hopeful one” THE ARTS DESK
★★★★ “‘Engaging, and sometimes explosive… an impassioned interrogation that offers as much hope as despair” TIME OUT
★★★★ “Hilarious and self-deprecating… a compassionate and trenchant show” THE LIST
★★★★ “Righteous, moving and funny… Mark Thomas should be on prescription” THE HERALD
★★★★ “A worthy and highly entertaining show” BRITISH THEATRE GUIDE
★★★★ “Tempered with his impish wit…Thomas is driven by a fire in his belly” CHORTLE
★★★★“Mark Thomas’ impassioned mixture of reportage and storytelling takes the temperature of the NHS” THE STAGE
★★★★ “Excellent … long may Mark Thomas keep calling the decision makers out” BRITISH THEATRE
★★★★ “Very funny… it’s almost as if we’re involved in the heart-stopping action” MORNING STAR
★★★★ “Delightfully contrary and eminently humane… his is a voice that is sorely missing from the wider political landscape” ED FEST MAG
★★★★ “Compelling, both as polemic and theatrical endeavour” THREEWEEKS
★★★★ ” A highly entertaining, emotionally involving show…another excellent show from the Fringe’s great storyteller” SPIKED ONLINE
★★★★ “A well informed, sophisticated introspection… superb” BROADWAYBABY
★★★★ “Unafraid to challenge expectations… Thomas on fine form, using his skill as a theatre maker and passion for a truly up-to-the-minute topic to create a riveting piece of work” FEST
★★★★ “An incredible performer: Check Up is delivered at a relentless rat-a-tat pace that barely stops for breath” LONDON CITY NIGHTS
★★★★ “This is Mark Thomas on top form, talking about a subject close to his heart” WEST END WILMA
“An hour of stage time with crystal clarity, pragmatism, and without a hint of exceptionalism” EXEUNT



Weds 6th-Fri 8th BRISTOL, Tobacco Factory 0117 902 0060
Sat 9th LONDON, North Finchley Arts Depot 020 8369 5454
Tues 12th CAMBRIDGE, Junction 01223 511 511
Weds 13th COVENTRY, Warwick Arts Centre 024 7652 4524
Thurs 14th HALIFAX, Square Chapel 01422 349422
Fri 15th DARWEN, Library Theatre 01254 706 006
Tue 19th IPSWICH, Wolsey Theatre 01473 295 900
Weds 20th BURY ST EDMUNDS, Theatre Royal 01284 829949
Thurs 21st DIDCOT, Cornerstone 01235 515144
Fri 22nd CANTERBURY, Gulbenkian 01227 769075
Weds 27th EXETER, Corn Exchange 01392 665938
Thurs 28th CARDIFF, Sherman 029 2064 6900

Fri 1st-Sat 2nd HOVE, Old Market
Tues 5th-Thurs 7th NEWCASTLE, Live Theatre 0191 232 1232
Fri 8th-Sat 9th MANCHESTER, Home 0161 2001500
Tues 12th STOCKTON, Arc 01642 525199
Weds 13th KENDAL, Brewery Arts Centre 01539 725 133
Thurs 14th-Fri 15th NOTTINGHAM, Lakeside 0115 846 7777
Tues 19th-Weds 20th BIRMINGHAM, MAC 0121 446 3232
Thurs 21st MILTON KEYNES, The Stables 01908 280800
Fri 22nd OXFORD, North Wall 01865 319450
Tues 26th LETCHWORTH, Broadway Theatre 01462 681088
Weds 27th HERTFORD, Hertford Theatre 01992 531500
Thurs 28th NORWICH, Playhouse 01603 598 598
Fri 29th TUNBRIDGE WELLS, Trinity Theatre 01892 678 678

Tues 2nd SALE, Waterside 0161 9125616
Weds 3rd LINCOLN, Drill Hall 01522 873894
Thurs 4th COLCHESTER, Arts Centre 01206 500900
Fri 5th EASTLEIGH, The Point 023 8065 2333
Tues 9th-Thurs 11th GLASGOW, Tron 0141 552 4267
Fri 12th-Sat 13th LIVERPOOL, Playhouse 0151 709 4776
Tues 16th-Weds 17th SHEFFIELD, University Drama Studio
Thurs 18th WAKEFIELD, Theatre Royal (Filmed performance) 01924 211 311
Tues 23rd April-Sat 4th May LONDON, Battersea Arts Centre 020 7223 2223

For more information on Mark Thomas, please contact
Bex Colwell: 07747 055227 /

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