Pascoe lives in Edinburgh and once again, Nigel and I visited him for the Fringe Festival.
There’s only one show that we book in advance – the amazing Mark Thomas. His new show, Red Shed, is a trip down Memory Lane to the Miners’ Strike of 1984/5. It so happened I have vivid memories of this since I was living in Newcastle upon Tyne at the time. Mark Thomas was involved in Yorkshire and that’s where the Red Shed is – in Wakefield.
Mark Thomas was exploring to what extent he had embellished his memories: “You know how it happens – you get your old, well-loved story down off the mantelpiece to polish it, a bit of truth drops off and you just kick it under the sofa.”
When I said that we always booked Mark Thomas, you might assume that it was my idea – I’ve been watching his performances most of my adult life. However, Mark Thomas is Pascoe’s enthusiasm. But I don’t think his nostalgic Red Shed show will have answered any of Pascoe’s current questions.
It’s a more complicated world now than in 1984.
Today’s youth are also fighting battles they will one day look back on with pride and nostalgia.
I see Pascoe waging war on consumerism and climate change. But for all our sakes, I have to hope that, unlike the miners, he wins.