Mark Brailsford is currently the lead performer and director of Brighton’s cult satirical comedy show, THE TREASON SHOW which Mark founded in 2000 (BAFTA Nominated Artists 2004) and the artistic director of the Brighton Shakespearr Company. Mark's professional career began as an actor at the age of 14, in films such as PINK FLOYD THE WALL and P'TANG YANG KIPPERBANG, the first Film on Four, written by Jack Rosenthal and directed by Michael Apted. Other TV credits include EASTENDERS, CASUALTY, and TUMBLEDOWN directed by Sir Richard Eyre for the BBC. Theatre credits include UNDER MILK WOOD at The Shaw; TO KILL A MOCKING BIRD at the Mermaid; KAFKA IN LOVE directed by Ron Moody at The Kings Head; JOSEPH (No1 Tour); THE MERCHANT OF VENICE, THE TAMING OF THE SHREW (Tour) ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD in the West End and BRIGHTON TIL I DIE AT The Theatre Royal, Brighton.
Mark has been a writer on WEEKENDING (BBC R4), a comedy drama series, BBK for cable TV and various sketch comedy shows for cable TV. Mark also wrote and directed the short films THE CLONES OF MICHAEL CAINE and THE GOLF WIDOW. Plays include FLY ME TO THE MOON, Starring Sylvester McCoy, BIG BUDDHA BEACH and THREE WISHES and comedy sketch shows RADIO CITY, WESTENDING and NEWSREVUE. As a writer, Mark has had successes with MUSHY ATE MY CREDIT CARD (Edinburgh and tour) and the Brighton Fringe smash hit, HANOVER THE MUSICAL and played Tony Hancock in the critically acclaimed Edinburgh hit, THE LAD HIMSELF for which he also won a Brighton fringe award.
Mark's directorial debut was in 1991 with BUDDY CAN YOU SPARE A SONG, which transferred from The Kings Head Theatre, Islington to The Arts Theatre in the West End: DECKCHAIRS at the Kings Head, and was director of London’s long running satire show, NEWSREVUE ('97'to '99). Mark continues to be the director of the long running THE TREASON SHOW which runs in Brighton, tours and has an international edition in Berlin. Other directing credits include: THE YEAH RIGHT SHOW which starred Miranda Hart, New End, Hampstead ’99; WESTENDING at The Jermyn Street Theatre in the West End in ’92 and AS TIME GOES BY at The Bloomsbury, The Kings Head and Rose’s Turn in New York City in ’93.
Mark’s recent feature film work includes Stephen Berkoff’s THE TELL TALE HEART and BRIGHTON which was released on Amazon Prime on June 2021. The TV spin off from Treason Show was nominated for Best TV sketch show by the UK Comedy Awards this year and series 4 will be broadcast from September 21.
Artistic director and founder of
Brighton Shakespeare Company,