It is 1987. Simon Mortimer, the vicar’s son from Essex, has lost his religion. Replaced by radical politics, ranting poetry, and his beloved girlfriend Eve, Simon performs his poetry as Frankie Vah. They live in love and penury, but when Frankie goes on tour with indie darlings The Midnight Shift, his new world is put to the test. Following the multi-award-winning What I Learned From Johnny Bevan, Luke Wright’s second verse play deals with love, loss and belief against a backdrop of skuzzy indie venues and 80s politics. Expect jangling guitars, visceral verse, and a Morrissey-sized measure of heartache. ‘Pulsating, poetic storytelling’ The Guardian
Frankie VahNorwich PlayhouseNorwich26/05/17
Frankie VahNorwich PlayhouseNorwich27/05/17
Frankie VahLatitude FestivalSouthwold15/07/17
After the Fringe First winning success of What I Learned From Johnny Bevan, Luke Wright is back to subject the English language to a series of degrading new tricks, all for your amusement. The poems in The Toll tour the flat-roofed pubs and half-bought couches of Brexit Britain. They struggle with doubt, duty and a score of half-cut nights spent shouting impotently at Question Time. Spend an evening with a raconteur at the top of his game, as he spits out visceral, inventive verse that sweats, bleeds and sings. “Visceral, poignant, and riotously funny.” Scotsman “A rip-roaring raconteur, evoking a Larkin-esque sense of commuter belt ennui” Metro “Cool poems.” Patti Smith
The TollStahl TheatreOundle09/06/17
The TollLighthousePoole16/06/17
The TollSt NicholasShrewsbury17/06/17
The TollAshcroft Arts CentreFareham21/06/17
The TollThe Royal British LegionWivenhoe29/06/17
The TollBridport Arts CentreBridport30/06/17
The Toll + Elvis McGonagallLedbury Poetry FestivalLedbury02/07/17
The Toll @ Bradford Lit FestTheatre in the MillBradford05/07/17
The TollAuden TheatreHolt26/07/17
The TollPort Eliot FestivalSt Germans, Cornwall29/07/17
Other shows
Luke Wright @ The NUJNUJLondon05/06/17
Glastonbury Cabaret TentGlastonbury Festival of Performing ArtsPilton23/06/17
Glastonbury Poetry TentGlastonbury Festival of Performing ArtsPilton24/06/17
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