Crack out the bunting! It’s Luke Wright’s Silver Jubilee. 

Over twenty-five years, Luke Wright has built up a reputation for being one of Britain’s most popular live poets. He has won an unprecedented four Saboteur Awards (national awards for spoken word), a Stage Award, and a Fringe First. He’s sold out shows across the world and regularly tours with John Cooper Clarke and The Libertines.

This show debuted to a packed arena at Latitude Festival before a sell out run at the Edinburgh Fringe where it was the toast of the critics.

“This is the best thing that poet Luke Wright has done, which is saying something.” ★★★★★ The Telegraph

This year, thwarted in his attempts to hold a street party by the philistines on the council and unable to shift the over-ordered commemorative plates, Wright does what a poet does best, and takes a deep dive into himself. What follows is his most confessional show to date.

“Breathtaking … with a sharpness and wisdom that lifts the soul, and soothes the battered heart.” ★★★★ The Scotsman

Wright was adopted as a baby and grew up believing that his adoption “wasn’t a big thing.” But one night he idly stumbled across his birth mother on Facebook. This window to a world that might have been his has thrown up deep questions about privilege, familial love, and destiny.

“Luke is on fire! A poetic interrogation of himself, who he is and where he is from that leaves you tenderised and bruised and with a little something in your eye.” Mark Thomas

This show is an excavation of lives lived and not lived. Wright navigates his audience through a warm and honest hour of poems and stand-up with the directness and pathos that has made him one of the most popular live poets in England. With some wild experiments in form, a nervous kitten called Sir John Betjeman and a healthy smattering of drum n bass, Wright manages to navigate some heart-wrenching material and keep the laughs coming.

“A winning combination of honesty, humour, ire and wonder. He is at the peak of his powers.” ★★★★★ The Stage

“The best exploration of love, family and belonging I have ever had the pleasure of seeing.” ★★★★★ The Student

“On the basis of the stellar quality of this show – here’s to another twenty-five.” ★★★★★ The Wee Review

“Britain’s finest performance poet.” ★★★★★ Life As Theatre 

“Wright is entrenched in the sound and feel of words, a love he leans into with a mix of boisterous energy, and gentle pathos” ★★★★ The QR

“Luke Wright is a gifted performer, a talented poet and a definite favourite of ours. Treat yourself to an hour in his company.” ★★★★ Darkchat

The Stage “best 15 shows of the fringe”

The Telegraph “best 13 shows of the fringe”

The Crush Bar “top ten shows of the fringe”

Written & performed by Luke Wright

Supported by Norwich Arts Centre and Arts Council, England

Tour Dates 2024

4 April – CREWE, Lyceum Theatre

5 April – OXFORD, Burton Taylor Studio

18 April – CLEVEDON, Theatre Shop

19 April – OUNDLE, Stahl Theatre

26 April – PRESTEIGNE, Border Arts

27 April – STAMFORD Arts Centre

2 May – MANCHESTER, Edge Arts Centre

9 May – FELIXSTOWE, Two Sisters

10 May – SUDBURY Arts Centre

15 May – SCARBOROUGH, Stephen Joseph Theatre

16 May – HARROGATE Theatre

22 May – LIVERPOOL, Leaf (WOW Fest)

23 May – GRIMSBY, Dock’s Academy,

24 May – NORWICH, Norfolk & Norwich Festival

5 June – CHELMSFORD, Theatre Studio

6 June – POOLE, Lighthouse

7 June – CARDIFF, Sherman Theatre

12 June – NOTTINGHAM Poetry Festival


20 June – IPSWICH, Wolsey Theatre

Past dates 2023

22 July – Latitude

25 July – Ventnor Fringe

2-15 August – The Pleasance Dome, Edinburgh

7 September – Front Room, Weston-super-Mare

15 September – Corn Hall, Diss

16 September – Out There Festival, Great Yaymouth

17 September – Big Town Festival, Ashburton

22 September – North Cornwall Book Festival

4 October – Victoria Vaults, York

5 October – Jersey Arts Centre, Jersey

14 October – Winchester Poetry Festival

15 October – Get A Word In Edgeways Festival, Much Wenlock

18 October – Colchester Arts Centre

19 October – Tom Thumb Theatre, Margate

26 October – The Needle & Pin, Loughborough

27 October – Bridport Arts Centre

28 October – The Pound, Corsham

2 November – The Pleasance, London

8 November – The Ferret, Preston

9 November – Square Chapel, Halifax

11 November – The Junction, Cambridge

24 November – Storyhouse, Chester

25 November – Chesterfield Labour Club

29 November – WORCESTER, The Studio of the Hive Library, Uni of Worcester

15 December – BUNGAY, Fisher Theatre (+ John Osborne, all profits to charity)

Tour Dates 2024

24 January – BURWASH, Lakedown Brewing

25 January – BRIGHTON, Komedia

1 February – SHIPTON GORGE, Village Hall

2 February – PIDDLETRENTHIDE, Memorial Hall

3 February – BLANDFORD, Royal British Legion

7 February – BURY ST EDMUNDS, Theatre, Royal

14-15 February – BRISTOL, Wardrobe Theatre

16 February – IRONBRIDGE, Embers

24 February – BIRMINGHAM, Verve Poetry Festival

28 February – NEWPORT, LLyfrgell Maindee Library

29 February – PONTARDAWE Arts Centre

1 March  – BODMIN, Old Library

2 March – CONSTANTINE, Tolmen Centre

6 March – NEWCASTLE, Northern Stage