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.

“His performances rumble with rage, passion and humour. They are also peppered with brilliantly smart observations. You will leave his show brimming with energy, heart pounding and brain whirring.” Guardian

“Wright’s full-throated reverie is spellbinding.” The Mirror

This show was commissioned by The Inn Crowd

Illustration by Martin Rowson

****The poems from this show are now a brand new limited edition book, illustrated throughout by Martin Rowson. Buy your copy here****

On Tour 2021


28 May – The Pound, Corhsam

29 May – Chintz Bar, Falmouth

30 May – The Gaggle of Geese, Buckland Newton TBC

31 May – The Bridge, Langport TBC

11 June – Theatre Shop, Clevedon 

12 June – Lighthouse, Poole (matinee)

25 June – The Low House, Laxfield

1 July – Two Sisters Arts Centre, Felixstowe

2 July – Corn Hall, Diss

10 July – Car Park, Weston-super-Mere

27 July –  Ventnor Exchange, Ventnor

28 July – Holt Festival

7 August – The Big Little Festival, Ashburton

20 August – The Acorn Theatre, Penzance

21 August – Sprout Spoken Word, Newquay

3 September – Stamford Arts Centre

2 October – Laugharne Weekend

15 October – The Edge Arts Centre, Manchester