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Mark Allen's Quite Good Britain (2009)

 

Quite Good Britain was my debut stand up comedy show, which was first performed at the Edinburgh festival in 2006. Having subsequently written and performed both Mob Logic in 2007 and Pet Project in 2008, I thought I'd put Quite Good Britain to bed.

But that was before things changed. In the space of 3 years a Scotsman became prime minister, our involvement in causing the credit crunch was revealed and two BNP members were elected to the European parliament. All of a sudden I felt a strong urge to update the show and to tour it around the UK again. And that's precisely what I'm doing.


What's it all about?
On 1st May 2007, Great Britain was exactly 300 years old. Now, in most countries such a landmark occasion might have warranted a public holiday or a national festival, but not in Britain. No, we had something else up our sleeve. Instead, we released a commemorative £2 coin. Woo.

I hoped that this complete apathy would change when Gordon Brown became Prime Minister. Not only did he continually bang on about embracing British identity when he was Chancellor, but he’s an actual Scotsman. Surely that would unite the good people of Great Britain? But with Gordon’s mind on the credit crunch, the BNP gaining a record number of votes with their divisive policies and England, Scotland and Wales squabbling over calls for a Great British football team, it seems that we’re further away than ever.

As the 2012 Olympics looming worryingly large on the horizon, the eyes of the world will soon to be fixed on Britain, so surely now is the time to sort out British identity once and for all. In this all-new updated show, I will take a wry look at what it actually means to be British. After looking through centuries of history and taking stock of our nation, this imaginative and surprisingly informative show will ask the audience to decide for themselves - is Britain indeed still Great, or is it just Quite Good?


The 2009 Quite Good Britain flyer
Have a peep at the flyer here:

 
  If you want to download a PDF of the whole thing click here.

Press Releases
If you are a press-type person and would like to download a press release for my show, please feel free to do so here.


2009 tour dates
11th September - The Brindley, High Street, Runcorn, Cheshire, WA7 1BG (map)
16th September – Cranleigh Arts Centre, 1 High Street, Cranleigh, Surrey, GU6 8AS (map)
18th September - The Junction, Clifton Way, Cambridge, CB1 7GX (map)
19th September – The Rondo Theatre, St. Saviours Road, Bath, BA1 6RT (map)
25th September – The Limelight, Queens Park, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP21 7RT (map)
26th September – The Ropewalk, Maltkiln Road, Barton upon Humber, N Lincs, DN18 5JT (map)
1st October – Komedia Brighton, 44-47 Gardner Street, North Laine, Brighton, BN1 1UN (map)
3rd October – The Old Joint Stock Theatre, 4 Temple Row West, Birmingham, B2 5NY (map)
29th October – The Mill Arts Centre, Spiceball Park Rd, Banbury, OX16 (map)
12th November – The Rhodes Arts Complex, 1-3 South Road, Bishop's Stortford, Herts, CM23 3JG (map)
13th November – The New Little Civic, Wolverhampton (further details to be confirmed)
26th November - The Hen and Chickens, 109 St. Pauls Road, London, N1 2NA, 7:30pm (map)
27th November - The Hen and Chickens, 109 St. Pauls Road, London, N1 2NA, 7:30pm (map)
28th November - The Hen and Chickens, 109 St. Pauls Road, London, N1 2NA, 7:30pm (map)



What people have said about it
I have had some smashing press coverage for the show from the likes of The Guardian, Metro, London Lite, The London Paper, Time Out, The Brighton Argus and BBC radio 4 and BBC radio 5 Live, which was most pleasing. Here's some of what was said:

April 2007 - Metro interview for Quite Good Britain 300th anniversary special - download article
April 2007 - The London Paper interview for Quite Good Britain 300th anniversary special - download article
April 2007 - Time Out interview for Quite Good Britain 300th anniversary special - download article
April 2007 - The Guardian Guide preview for Quite Good Britain 300th anniversary special - download article
September 2009 - Article Magazine interview and preview of Quite Good Britain - download article
October 2009 - Brighton Argus interview and preview of Quite Good Britain - download article




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