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Thursday 15 June at 7.30 pm
at The Wanstead Tap


The Liar's Quartet
The Liar’s Quartet is published in
paperback by September Publishing at £9.99.

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Mark Thomas
Mark Thomas, from his
2017 show Predictable

Mark Thomas
The Liar's Quartet

Bravo Figaro!, Cuckooed, The Red Shed – Playscripts, Notes and Commentary

“There is a battle of narratives. The working-class narrative is being erased. And as you erase that narrative, you erase truths with it.”

Funny, provocative and moving, The Liar’s Quartet includes the scripts from Mark Thomas’ most acclaimed comic-political theatre, alongside brand new commentary. Bravo Figaro!, Cuckooed and The Red Shed are all layered with political insight (and insult) and peppered with anecdote.

Each multi-award winning show examines Mark’s obsession with the bonds that bind us, those of family, friends and communities. Beginning with Bravo Figaro!, Mark puts on an opera in his dying father’s living room (with the help of Royal Opera House singers) to explore their relationship. In Cuckooed, he unpicks the betrayal of a friend and a fellow activist who was in fact employed to spy for the UK’s biggest arms company, BAE Systems. And in The Red Shed, Mark returns to his political roots to harness the power of collective memory and celebrate the importance of working-class struggles and narratives in a story he describes as “a topical tale about the miners’ strike.”

Laughter, anger and connection. Mark Thomas is more essential than ever…

Mark Thomas is one of the UK’s most effective and best-known political performers. He has won awards for his stage work including a Special Fringe Award for Outstanding Contribution to Edinburgh and for his human rights work, ranging from the Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award. He is also a one time Guinness World Record holder for the most demonstrations in one day. He has written and presented six series of the Mark Thomas Comedy Product for Channel 4 and five series of The Manifesto for BBC Radio 4. He is the author of five books on subjects as diverse as the arms trade, Coca-Cola and the Israeli wall in the West Bank. His work has changed the law, kyboshed politicians’ careers and has been performed across the world.

Forthcoming events


Thursday 28 September at 7.30 pm
at The Wanstead Tap

Iain Sinclair: The Last London

Thursday 12 October at 7.30 pm
at Wanstead Library

The Potato Show
An evening with John Hegley
Redbridge Libraries’ Fabula Festival

Friday 13 October at 7.30 pm
at Wanstead Library

Lottie Moggach: Under the Sun
Redbridge Libraries’ Fabula Festival

Thursday 26 October at 7.30 pm
at The Wanstead Tap

Travis Elborough: The Vinyl Countdown

Wednesday 1 November at 7.30 pm
at The Wanstead Tap

The Gentle Author: East End Vernacular

Thursday 16 November at 7.30 pm
at Conway Hall

Michael Rosen: So They Call You Pisher!
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Friday 24 November at 7.30 pm
at The Wanstead Tap

Lucinda Hawksley
Dickens and Christmas

Past events and news


Chris Difford: Some Fantastic Place

Donal Ryan and Sarah Winman
in conversation

Mark Thomas: The Liar’s Quartet

Jacqueline Wilson: Wave Me Goodbye

Stuart Heritage and Jonathan Dean
Writing Family

Julian Woodford
The Boss of Bethnal Green

Will Ashon: Strange Labyrinth

Dave Randall: Sound System
The Political Power of Music

Peter Walker: Bike Nation
How Cycling Can Save the World

Eugenia Cheng: Beyond Infinity

Jake Arnott: The Fatal Tree

Michael Rosen
The Disappearance of Émile Zola

Fundraising event for
refugee charity Care4Calais
Poetry and prose readings with
Julie Christie, Niall Buggy,
David Calder, Andy de la Tour
and Susan Wooldridge

Book signing on publication day
Nadiya Hussain
The Secret Lives of the Amir Sisters

Shami Chakrabarti discusses
the importance of libraries
Inaugural annual Lantern Lecture