Luke Wright, Poet Laureate

There was a collective gnashing of teeth and beating of breasts across the land when Wrighty didn’t get the royal nod to take up the position of Poet Laureate this year. Still, he’s an irrepressible sort of chap, so he’s bought his own sherry and hit the road with a show the critics are calling his best yet.

Luke Wright is on a mission to write poems to unite a nation divided by austerity and Brexit. Can it be done? Can one poet ever really represent an entire nation?

Big-hearted and quick witted, Wright’s poems have been lauded by everyone from Patti Smith to The Libertines. A Fringe First and Stage Award winner, Wright is truly a wordsmith and raconteur at the top of his game.

 

“Fierce, wistful, romantic and witty by turns, this is a sensational hour of poetry.” ★★★★★ The Stage

“One of the funniest and most brilliant poets of his generation” The Independent

“Cool poems.” Patti Smith

Commissioned by The Inn Crowd

REVIEWS

“Poet Luke Wright doesn’t mince his words. His performances rumble with rage, passion and humour. They are also peppered with brilliantly smart observations. You will leave his show brimming with energy, heart pounding and brain whirring.” Guardian

“Fierce, wistful, romantic and witty by turns, this is a sensational hour of poetry.” ★★★★★ The Stage

“a rich and complex body of work that reflects Britain and her people. Rich, poor, salt-of-the-earth or intellectual hipster, Wright dissects the ills of the nation whilst still demonstrating a great love for his homeland. He is nuanced, and performative, with all the skill of an actor embodying a character. Angry, immediate and brimming with passion, Wright is – indisputably – a poet for our time.” The Play’s The Thing

“He will tell it how it is but will not preach about mistakes, instead he will use his own self as an example. Those were the golden moments of this performance where one is hit with the truth yet can unwind and laugh at another persons relatable troubles in life.” ★★★★ Theatre Weekly

“While there is pathos and sadness in some of his work the overall effect of an hour or two of Luke Wright is euphoric, his work is inspiring and uplifting even when he turns a mirror on the madness and division of Brexit Britain.” Norwich Eye

“As Luke rants, roars and pours his heart out we are all touched and held tight by this lyrical tour de force.” EDP

TOURING 2018/19

1st December Fisher Theatre, Bungay

19th January Tolmen Centre, Constantine

8th February Tom Thumb Theatre, Margate

13th February Jersey Arts Centre

28th February New Wolsey, Ipswich

2nd March Corn Hall, Diss

9th March The Pound, Corsham

14th March Haverill Arts Centre

16th March FAYAP Youth and Arts Centre, Framlingham

21st March Ventnor Exchange, Isle of Wight

22nd March Edge Arts Centre, Manchester

23rd March The White Lion, Selling, Kent

30th March Norwich Playhouse

6th April Laugharne Weekender

10th-13th April Soho Theatre, London

14th April The Barrel, Banham

26th April The Rose & Crown, Pluckley, Kent

27th April Two Sisters Arts Centre, Felixstowe

4th May Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

23rd May Brighton Festival

31st May Acorn Theatre, Penzance

7th June St Peter’s, Sudbury

14th June Theatre Shop, Clevedon

20th June Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal

25th June Marlowe Kit, Canterbury

3rd July The Starr Inn, Waldren

4th July Groundwork Gallery, King’s Lynn

11th July Theatre Clywd, Mold

13th July The Chairhouse Presents…, Shrewsbury

14th July Wirral Festival of Firsts, The Wirral

16th July Create Ashford

23rd July Holt Festival, Holt

27th July Port Eliot Festival

31st August – Freedom Festival, Hull

21st September – The Cookie, Leicester

24th September – The Wardrobe Theatre, Bristol

4th October – The Barbican, Plymouth

5th October – Lincoln Performing Arts Centre, Lincoln

9th October – Birmingham Literature Festival, Midland Arts Centre

11th October – The Junction, Cambridge

14th November – Pontadarwe Arts Centre

20th November – Colchester Arts Centre

25th November – Derby Poetry Festival

28th November – Chester Literature Festival, Storyhouse

29th November – Hardie’s Bar, Merthyr Tydfil

 

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