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England and Son

Presented by Holden Street Theatres' Edinburgh Fringe Award '23 In association with Mark Thomas


'Any nation that devours another will one day devour itself.' This is a one-man play written for Mark Thomas by award-winning playwright Ed Edwards (The Political History of Smack and Crack). With some deep, dark laughs – and some deep, dark love – England & Son emerges from characters in Mark’s childhood and Ed's lived experience in jail. Prepare to be taken on a kaleidoscopic odyssey where disaster capitalism, empire, stolen youth and stolen wealth merge into the simple tale of a working-class boy who just wants his dad to smile at him.

Warnings and additional info: Contains distressing or potentially triggering themes, Scenes of violence, Strobe lighting, Strong language/swearing, More information

Previous praise for England and Son

★★★★ 1/2 "It certainly hits home with today’s audience, who rise as one to give Thomas a standing ovation." Bouquets & Brickbats

★★★★★ "It is rare a production is so powerful that as it ends, an audience springs to ovation only to then exit in almost complete silence. England and Son is exactly such a rarity! A “must see” of this year’s Fringe." The Recs

★★★★ “It’s an absolute recommendation” British Theatre Guide

★★★★ “It’s ultimately a pitiful tale, but Thomas – restless, agile and giving us a twisting, 360 degree portrait of a bruiser – brings to the role his own earthy, battle-hardened charm.” The Telegraph

★★★★★ “Searing one-hander written especially for Mark Thomas.” Fest

★★★★★ “Very humorous and deeply moving. Don’t miss this!” North West End UK

★★★★ “Tremendous energy and real pathos” The Stage

★★★★★ "Mark Thomas takes you on a powerful cinematic journey through ecstatic highs and bone-crushing lows.” Edinburgh Reviews


Holden Street Theatres’ Edinburgh Fringe Award is in its 16th year & has toured only the best of the best of the EdFringe to the 'Home OF Theatre' in SA.

Cast & Crew

Mark Thomas


Ed Edward

England and Son



Genre: Theatre/Solo Show

Origin: UK

Rating: PG

Duration: 60 mins

Season: Fringe 2024

Dates: 13th Feb - 17th Mar


13 - 16 Feb (Previews)
17 Feb (Official Opening Night)


Preview: $25.00
General Admission: $32.00
Concession: $28.00
Group (6+): $30.00
Midweek Treat: $28.00
Cheap Tuesday - All Tix: $25.00
Schools Program: $14.50
Fringe Member: $16 (2 for 1 @ $32.00)
BankSA Cardholder: $24.00

Companion Card holders welcome.

Venue: The Studio

32-34 Holden Street, Hindmarsh


HST are making every effort to make our performances accessible to all patrons. Accessible seating is available in The Studio.

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To ensure public safety we encourage social distancing and good hygiene practices. As and when restrictions are implemented by SA Health we will follow those guidelines. Only attend the event if you are feeling well, and If you have any COVID-19 symptoms please ensure you appropriate measures until you recover.

If you are unable to attend your event please call 8225 8888 or email manager@holdenstreettheatres.com to discuss your ticketing options.

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