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 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 Toll @ Holt FestivalAuden TheatreHolt26/07/17
The TollPort Eliot FestivalSt Germans, Cornwall29/07/17
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 VahLatitude FestivalSouthwold15/07/17
Frankie VahThe UnderbellyEdinburgh03/08/17
Frankie VahThe UnderbellyEdinburgh04/08/17
Frankie VahThe UnderbellyEdinburgh05/08/17
Frankie VahThe UnderbellyEdinburgh06/08/17
Frankie VahThe UnderbellyEdinburgh07/08/17
Frankie VahThe UnderbellyEdinburgh08/08/17
Frankie VahThe UnderbellyEdinburgh09/08/17
Frankie VahThe UnderbellyEdinburgh10/08/17
Frankie VahThe UnderbellyEdinburgh11/08/17
Frankie VahThe UnderbellyEdinburgh12/08/17
Frankie VahThe UnderbellyEdinburgh13/08/17
Frankie VahThe UnderbellyEdinburgh15/08/17
Frankie VahThe UnderbellyEdinburgh16/08/17
Frankie VahThe UnderbellyEdinburgh17/08/17
Frankie VahThe UnderbellyEdinburgh18/08/17
Frankie VahThe UnderbellyEdinburgh19/08/17
Frankie VahThe UnderbellyEdinburgh20/08/17
Frankie VahThe UnderbellyEdinburgh21/08/17
Frankie VahThe UnderbellyEdinburgh22/08/17
Frankie VahThe UnderbellyEdinburgh23/08/17
Frankie VahThe UnderbellyEdinburgh24/08/17
Frankie VahThe UnderbellyEdinburgh25/08/17
Frankie VahThe UnderbellyEdinburgh26/08/17
Frankie VahThe UnderbellyEdinburgh27/08/17
WINNER Fringe First Award for new writing || WINNER The Stage Award for acting excellence
A story of shattered friendship, class ceilings, and the hollow reality of the New Labour dream. Luke Wright delivers a multi award winning hurricane of a performance. With humour and humanity he takes British politics head on, challenging the rise of New Labour and David Cameron, and the abandonment of those left behind.

“Pulsating piece of poetic storytelling” ★★★★ Lyn Gardner, Guardian
What I Learned From Johnny BevanThe UnderbellyEdinburgh21/08/17
What I Learned From Johnny BevanThe UnderbellyEdinburgh22/08/17
What I Learned From Johnny BevanThe UnderbellyEdinburgh23/08/17
What I Learned From Johnny BevanThe UnderbellyEdinburgh24/08/17
What I Learned From Johnny BevanThe UnderbellyEdinburgh25/08/17
What I Learned From Johnny BevanThe UnderbellyEdinburgh26/08/17
What I Learned Johnny BevanThe UnderbellyEdinburgh27/08/17
Other shows
Glastonbury Cabaret TentGlastonbury Festival of Performing ArtsPilton23/06/17
Glastonbury Poetry TentGlastonbury Festival of Performing ArtsPilton24/06/17
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