Mark Thomas in Curzon cinema canopy prank in support of zero-hour contract workers

This filmed prank is part of the continuing battle with the Curzon management for union recognition, fair pay at at least London Living Wage, an end to zero-hour contracts, and the return of concessionary ticket prices for elderly, disabled, and claimants.

Mark Thomas is supporting the Curzon workers as part of his “100 Acts of Minor Dissent” – an ongoing comedy show and series of activist antics.

On the morning of 6th November 2013, he was joined by his glamorous assistant, Tracey, and with the aid of a ladder, they spent quarter of an hour in broad daylight, rearranging the letters on the canopy at the front of the theatre to spell out the message “Give Us Fair Pay – Recognise The Union”.

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Filmed hand-held from some distance so as not to attract attention, the stunt passed off successfully, and the new message to Soho remained in place for several hours before being noticed and removed by management.