“A riot!”☆☆☆☆☆ Huffington Post
“Cool poems.” Patti Smith
“Performance poetry’s key revivalist.” Metro
“He must be on some kind of dope.” John Cooper Clarke
“His performances rumble with rage, passion and humour. You will leave his show brimming with energy, heart pounding and brain whirring.” Guardian
The Ballad Seller
In 2021 Luke is touring brand new show of re-written Georgian street ballads.
Back in Georgian times we got our news from poetry. Before papers, broadcasts or the internet, ballad sellers would hawk their doggerel on street corners for a penny. Scandalous affairs, grisly crimes, and colourful characters were brought to life in rhyming verse long before the first tabloid was printed.
Now Luke Wright has rewritten the very best of these stories for the modern ear: take a trip through the Drury Lane gin shops with the Boxing Baroness; filch oysters by the dozen with Dando, the celebrated gormandiser; and escape the Bull Ring with Jemmy the Rockman. Expect scandal, excess, and beautiful flawed humanity.