The Toll


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.

Featuring a selection of poems from The Toll (Penned in the Margins, 2017) this show tours the flat-roofed pubs and half-bought couches of Brexit Britain. It struggles 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

On Tour 2017 (full details on gigs page)

19th Jan The Railway Hotel, Southend
24th Jan Norwich Arts Centre
27th Jan Schaubühne Lindenfels, Leipzig
28th Jan Lettretage, Berlin
3rd Feb The Scottish Story Telling Centre, Edinburgh
15th Feb Jersey Arts Centre
24th Feb The Maypole Cafe, Bar & Theatre, Derby
26th Feb Twisted Words, The Squirrel, Rugby
4th March Landmark Arts Centre, Teddington
10th March The Edge, Manchester
11th March Chesterfield Labour Club
16th March Ventnor Exchange, Isle of Wight
29th March The Half Moon, Putney
8th April The Laugharne Weekender
21st April Cambridge Junction
26th April Bethnal Green Working Mens’ Club, London
27th April The North Wall, Oxford
12th May Diss Corn Hall
21st May Spit & Polish, The Lion & Unicorn Theatre, London
8th June Stahl Theatre, Oundle
16th June The Lighthouse, Poole
17th June St Nicholas Church, Shrewsbury
21st June Ashcroft Arts Centre, Fareham
22nd June Poetry Wivenhoe
30th June Bridport Arts Centre
26th July Holt Festival

“On just the second date of a long tour we enjoyed a sustained and polished performance from a man at the top of his game.  Keep your eyes and ears open – Luke Wright has a lot more to say!” ***** Norwich Eye

” The Toll is a razor dipped in sugar: Although Wright’s heart might have taken a battering of late, it is clear that it is still generous, and the caustic line of humour that runs right through it like a black thread, only adds to its character.” Norwich Radical