Tobias Persson and the Drivel Rights Movement

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Stand-up show starring Tobias Persson performed on the following days in August 2015...

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From 'Free Mandela!' to free WiFi! From rights for women to everyone has the right to a cool kitchen! The joy of reducing human struggle to soundbites, and world events to hashtags. We're all part of the drivel rights movement, so let's unite, take to the streets and find the nearest internet cafe. Tobias (multi award-stealing comedian) Persson won't rest until he can rest with all the rest.

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From 'Free Mandela!' to free WiFi! From rights for women to everyone has the right to a cool kitchen! The joy of reducing human struggle to soundbites, and world events to hashtags. We're all part of the drivel rights movement, so let's unite, take to the streets and find the nearest internet cafe. Tobias (multi award-stealing comedian) Persson won't rest until he can rest with all the rest.

Weeks before he turns 40, the father of 6 year-old twin girls takes stock on life, on what really matters, and what's mere drivel. In recent years we increasingly seem to have our priorities all mixed up, Tobias will redress the balance... by telling jokes to strangers every lunchtime for a month!

"People used to be outraged at injustice and would fight for important things - votes for women, social and racial equality: i.e 'civil rights'. Now, we only raise our voices when the WIFI goes down on the plane or someone makes a joke about eggs and you don´t approve of it because your brother died last Easter- i.e 'drivel rights'. There are nuclear weapons everywhere, (even in Waitrose) we have corruption, pollution, rising oceans, ISIS, Putin invading IKEA and tons of other stuff, but most people seem too indifferent to take to the streets. Unless they want to buy the latest videogame or I phone 17B - in which case they will happily camp outside for days, next to homeless people", says Tobias. "I saw a guy reading 1984 on a Kindle, staring at a screen full of ads. Where do you go from there? I´ll tell you where - Stand 6!"

For Tobias Persson it's hard to not feel a sense of loss when you see footage of people fighting for important issues - the suffragettes, the march in Washington, students in Paris 1968, etc. "Compared to the hashtag generation putting up photos of their dogs with captions saying 'This morning I licked my arse'- it just feels like an insult to history."

In an era where The Daily Show and The Onion are bringing a truer picture of reality than the 'real' news, comedy seems to be the best forum to truly 'tell it how it is'. Be it gay rights, social inequality, racial inequality, immigration, Europe, Tobias Persson and the Drivel Rights Movement tackles all the big issues of the moment. Not only that, but the show takes the unprecedented move in comedy to publicly defend self-proclaimed saviour of the world, and popular hate figure, U2 frontman Bono.

Tobias Persson has been a professional comedian, TV writer and actor in Sweden since 2002. In 2009 he started playing in the UK, and now regularly plays clubs like Glee, The Stand, Kings Head, etc. The Drivel Rights Movement is his forth Fringe show, following on from Call Me Old Fascist (2010), Sitting on a Cornflake (2011), One Thing Led to a Mother (2014).