Mark Thomas - Serious Organised Criminal
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Comedy that really makes a difference! This is Mark's true story of cake icing as a political weapon, of demonstrations to Defend Surrealism and getting to like the police. Mark turns an 18 month battle over Parliament Square and the right to demonstrate into bizarrely brilliant stand up.
This is how Mark fought the law ... with the law's permission! It is a laugh out loud funny world inhabited by anarchists, Goths, artists and the Westminster Constabulary, in which Mark becomes a Guinness World Record holder, organises 2,500 protests in one day and changes the law in the process.
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Mark sets out to use the law to it's absolute letter and start applying for permission to protest in the SOCPA area, the results of this are hilarious; a protest to defend surrealism, a protest to increase the number of trolls under Hungerford Bridge, a campaign to promote swimming by closing Hungerford Bridge that consisted of standing on the bridge and handing out one leaflet. To support the Police in their never ending task there was even a protest to reduce Police Paperwork. The idea grew and there were requests to protest delivered iced on a cake and even one channelled from thelate Winston Churchill via a medium.
The end result was a World Record for Mark and a brilliantly observed and wholly peaceful protest against a ridiculous law that a civilised country does not need. You will be angered that the government could do this to it's people and will roll with laughter at the protest made against this law.
If you haven't then here is a taster...
As a political activist opposing all right-wing authoritarian regimes, he obviously had issues with Thatcher (too young) and Blair. Tony's attempt to bring in the the SOCA laws to stop political protest by forcing any demonstration in London to be registered was obviously meat and drink to Mark Thomas.
If you watch nothing else, follow the description of the 21 protests in one day, that caused several overworked police officers to react out of stereotype and be fairminded, evenhanded and critical of the government. Wonder as our man walks through a violent (non-registered) Anarchist riot, with two policemen in support to stop him being arrested!!
I know this doesn't sound anywhere as good as the reality. You better buy it and see for yourself. It doesn't matter what your political complexion (unless you're a member of the Blair cabinet... and perhaps even then), you will laugh, if only at the absurdity of political lawyers passing laws that don't work and having this proved to them!