Another act of dissent in Hebden Bridge...

Mark Thomas. Picture: Steve Ullathorne
Mark Thomas. Picture: Steve Ullathorne

He’s hard-hitting, doesn’t mince his words, can be very, very funny - and Mark Thomas also likes Hebden Bridge.

Returning for his fourth visit in 12 months, it’s likely that this show, like its trio of predecessors, will sell out, so best get your tickets quickly.

Over the decades, Mark Thomas has poked his nose into enough things to cause a politician to resign, arms deals to collapse, reform inheritance tax law, force the odd multinational to clean up its act a little and accidentally become Guinness World Record holder for political protests.

And following his critically acclaimed, award-winning and deeply personal theatre show Bravo Figaro, Mark is back to doing what he does best; mischief.

On May 13, 2013, Mark set himself the task of committing 100 Acts of Minor Dissent in the space of a year and, on the stroke of midnight May 13, 2014, the task will end.

The show is his catalogue of those acts from the smallest action to the grandest confrontations. It sold out its entire month’s run at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe. The results are hilarious, subversive, mainly legal, occasionally inspiring and, most importantly, soon to be seen in a theatre near you - at The Trades Club on Saturday, March 15, to be precise.

His last Edinburgh show, Bravo Figaro,  was his first ever theatre show;  a moving account about his father which was originally commissioned by the Royal Opera House and won Mark a Scotsman Fringe First, a Herald Angel and was broadcast on Radio 4 earlier this year.

With six series on Channel 4, numerous awards, TV documentaries, three books, a published manifesto, a fifth series of Manifesto commissioned for Radio 4, a Sony Award for his show My Life in Serious Organised Crime, a magazine column that caused a diplomatic incident, the occasional arrest (mainly other people, though not exclusively), court cases, giving evidence to Parliamentary Select Committees, stopping multinational infrastructure deals and no small amount of messing about, it’s no wonder that Mark is the UK’s favourite political comedian.

And, on past form, he’s unlikely to be taking any prisoners.