Officer don’t be a benny
the thing we saw was MGM-y.
It’s been quite a year for Luke Wright. He’s opened for punk legend John Cooper Clarke at the Palladium (and stacks of other venues), had his first collection published (“a riot” 5 stars, The Huffington Post), and stormed Edinburgh with his rambunctious new show Essex Lion.
Ever seen a lion? In the wild? In England? Last year in Clacton some campers thought they did. They didn’t of course, lions aren’t native to north-east Essex. But their not-sighting triggered something in the brain of Radio 4 favourite Luke Wright. Now he too is seeing things others don’t. Step into Luke’s world of romping satirical verse where posh plumbers, paunchy ex-rockers and Lovejoy roam free. Get ready to roar.
“His lexical acrobatics are astounding, often motor-mouthed and breathtakingly honest…Go for the wordsmithery, stay for the painful poignancy.” The List
“Wright perfectly captures the glamourless pulse of mainstream Britain and transforms it into rhythmic, transcendental beauty…Quite simply, this is the future of popular poetry.” The Skinny
“This is a great show and his poetry itself remains as vital and redolent of our times as ever.” Exeunt
“Cool poems!” Patti Smith
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Written by Luke Wright | 60 mins | Photo by Steve Ullathorne
All reviews from Edinburgh Fringe, August, 2013, unless stated.
“After a string of knockout Fringe shows, Wright does not need to prove his credentials, but he does anyway…His lexical acrobatics are astounding, often motor-mouthed and breathtakingly honest…Go for the wordsmithery, stay for the painful poignancy.” **** The List
“This is a great show and his poetry itself remains as vital and redolent of our times as ever.” **** Exeunt
“We get poems on subjects most image-conscious performers wouldn’t touch with the toe of a vintage Converse trainer, all of them delivered with Wright’s trademark mixture of wit, self-deprecation.” **** The Scotsman
“With room for comedy, nostalgia and lament, the show is impressively varied and well-structured – the overarching message is one of finding meaning and excitement in the most mundane of things.” **** Edinburgh Festivals Magazine
“Wright perfectly captures the glamourless pulse of mainstream Britain and transforms it into rhythmic, transcendental beauty…Quite simply, this is the future of popular poetry.” **** The Skinny (on Book Festival performance)
“Conveying the lifting of his heart is one of Wright’s gifts … Cutting but lovely.” ****Fest
“It was certainly a full hour of excellent entertainment and one that should not be missed by anyone.” ***** One 4 Review
“This is stand-up, and yet it’s so much more; Luke is entertaining and evokes plenty of laughs both in between and during his poetry, but his real strength – perhaps unsurprisingly – is in storytelling. Starting and ending on a high, there’s a narrative arc that takes the audience down into a thoughtful near-melancholy and all the way back up again” **** TV Bomb
“Expect a rib-tickling hour in the company of a brilliant performance poet.” ****ThreeWeeks
“Luke kept us mighty entertained with funny stories and poems.” **** Zukira
“Poetry’s answer to Russell Brand, eloquent and funny Essex boy Luke Wright shines in his show Essex Lion, everyday tales in vivacious rhyming verse sizzling with spot-on social observation.” Whatsonstage (from Latitude preview)
“A sharp showcase for the whippet-smart, baby-faced poet.” The Times
“His poetry is uncomplicated, easy to follow, and enjoyable.” Litro
“A recommended hour of spoken word.” The Observer
“He speaks for Essex and England, with poems that are contemporary, clever, fair, and honest.” Write Out Loud