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Frankie Vah Reviews


We have six more shows of Frankie Vah left at Soho Theatre. We’ve had a great run, with some excellent reviews. Still some tickets left – click click buy buy. Recent reviews please note – some reviews do not give ★ ratings “Wright is a clever playwright and a charismatic performer … Frankie Vah is all the richer for its political…

Patron of INK


I’ve recently become a patron of INK. INK is a charity that develops, nurtures and produces the best new short scripts for stage, film and radio from writers with an East Anglian connection. INK was born in 2015 at the Halesworth Cut Theatre in Suffolk, and has been growing ever since. I’m delighted to be a patron of INK. East Anglia has always…

The Usher


I found this lurking in a disused folder on my laptop. I wrote it during the 2015 Labour leadership campaign for the Homework event at The Edinburgh Book Festival. The Usher I’m early. Bus gets in just after five. But once I’ve walked, it’s only half an hour. I used to love to get a bit of time just on…

Press Coverage


I’ve had a few bits and pieces in the press of late. METRO – Article about spoken word, featuring an interview with me THE STAGE – Four star review of Frankie Vah THE STAGE – “Drop Everything and Book” – Frankie Vah is 2nd top recommend show at 2017 Fringe NORWICH EYE – Five star review for Frankie Vah OUTLINE –…

Renegade Poets (in Adverts)


There is a current trend in advertising to use “spoken word.” I fell in love with live poetry because it was subversive and anti-establishment. It’s so depressing seeing that on adverts now. I’m not blaming these young poets – there’s loads of people I know and like who have done adverts. I know the money is hugely tempting, but I…

The Toll – Book Launch


I’m delighted to announce we are launching my new collection The Toll on Friday 10th February at The Courtyard Theatre, Shoreditch. It’s free to get in, and I’m told there might even be free booze as well. Everyone is welcome, but you must RSVP to james [at] pennedinthemargins.co.uk The event starts at 7pm. There will be a reading about 8pm.…

Down with Experts


Michael Gove stated whilst campaigning for Britain’s exit from the EU that British people had had “just about enough of experts.” And indeed he and his co-conspirators relied on rhetoric and downright untruths more than the reasoned advice of those more qualified. With America going to the polls today to choose between a seasoned experienced career politician and billionaire, racist…

Shortlisted for 2 Saboteur Awards


Good news from Sabotage HQ this morning – I’ve been shortlisted for two of their Saboteur Awards. Between now and 24th May YOU can vote for me in the following awards: Best Spoken Word Performer Best Spoken Word Show for What I Learned For Johnny Bevan If you think I deserve either of those do please go to saboteurawards.org –…