England & Son

Presented by Holden Street Theatres' Edinburgh Fringe Award '23 In association with Home Manchester and Tin Cat Entertainment


'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 & Son

★★★★★ "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

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

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

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

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

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

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

★★★★ “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


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

Origin: UK

Rating: PG

Duration: 60 mins

Season: Fringe 2024

Dates: 14th Feb - 17th Mar


14 - 18 Feb @7:30pm
20 - 25 Feb @ 6:00pm

27 Feb - 3 Mar @ 7:30pm

5 - 10 Mar @ 6:00pm

13 - 15 Mar @ 7:30pm

16 Mar @ 6:00pm

17 Mar @ 7:30pm


24 Feb @ 1:00pm

2 & 3 Mar @ 2:00pm

9 & 16 Mar @ 1:00pm

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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