NHS in the focus for Mark Thomas at Fringe Festival

Comedian Mark Thomas marks the 70th birthday of the NHS with his new show at this year’s Festival Fringe.

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?

Check Up: Our NHS at 70 is 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.

Since last August, Mark toured his 2017 sell-out Fringe show A Show That Gambles on the Future before devising and touring a whole other brand new show, Showtime From the Frontline, in which he, alongside two Palestinian comics, re-enacted their time setting up a comedy club in Jenin.

The show opened to rave reviews and sell-out audiences and gave Mark just enough time to turn his attention back to the UK and to his next project, our very own National Health Service.

Venue: Traverse 1 – The Traverse, 10 Cambridge St, EH1 2ED

Dates: Sat 4th at 9.15pm / Sun 5, Sat 11, Sat 18 at 10am / Tues 7, Sun 12, Tues 14, Sun 19, Tues 21 at 1pm / Weds 8, Weds 15, Weds 22 at 4pm / Thurs 9, Thurs 16, Thurs 23, Sat 25 at 7pm. Fri 10, Fri 17, Fri 24, Sun 26 at 10pm.

Prices: Sat 4 at £15 (£9) / Sun 5-Sun 26 at £21.50 (£16.50).

Tickets: 0131 228 1404 / www.traverse.co.uk

Duration: 85 mins.

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