Australia’s most notorious Underbelly identities Mark ‘Chopper’ Read will appear on stage at Melbourne’s Athenaeum Theatre in September.

The notorious Chopper, whose life was depicted in the film Chopper starring Eric Bana, will tell his life story in Mark ‘Chopper’ Read – the Man, the Legend.

Read spent 13 months out of prison between the ages of 20 and 38 but says he has no regrets.

“Apart from Irish whiskey, good cigars, Pontiac motor cars, and a pistol grip baby .410 shotgun with solid load shells, what I love the most is kidnapping smartarse gangsters and taking their money.

“To the human filth I have bashed, belted, iron barred, axed, shot, stabbed, knee capped, set on fire and driven to their graves, I can only quote from the motto of the French Foreign Legion, ‘Je ne regrette rien’ IREGRET NOTHING,” he said in a statement.

The Mark ‘Chopper’ Read story is about a troubled kid who started life on the wrong path. In 2012 he was diagnosed with liver cancer and at the time given six months to live. He had surgery to remove the tumours in July 2012 and the cancer currently in remission.

His book, on which the film was based, chronicles his violent relationship with crime and the law. It became an international bestseller and “I can’t even spell,” he’s said.

Mark ‘Chopper’ Read – the Man, the Legend is on Monday, September 23 at Melbourne’s Athenaeum Theatre.

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