WINNER Saboteur Award for Best Spoken Word Performer 2021

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 2023

23 May – Norfolk & Norwich Festival, Norwich

27 July – Thorington Theatre

Past Shows


28 May – The Pound, Corhsam

29 May – Chintz Bar, Falmouth

30 May – The Gaggle of Geese, Buckland Newton

31 May – The Bridge, Langport

11 June – Theatre Shop, Clevedon 

12 June – Lighthouse, Poole (matinee)

1 July – Two Sisters Arts Centre, Felixstowe

2 July – Corn Hall, Diss

14 July – Bethnal Green Working Mens’ Club, London

20 July – Harrogate Theatre

27 July –  Ventnor Exchange, Ventnor

28 July – Holt Festival

7 August – The Big Little Festival, Ashburton

20 August – The Acorn Theatre, Penzance

23 August – Low House, Laxfield

2 September – Dodington Lodge, Whitchurch

10 October – Komedia Brighton

14 October – The Edge Arts Centre, Manchester

15 October – The Edge Arts Centre, Manchester

17 October – Sprout Spoken Word, Newquay

20 October – Hastings Storytelling Festival

28 October – Coachworks, Ashford

8 December – The Lighthouse, Deal


25 January – Normanton Library, Derby

27 January – Wombwell Library, Barnsley

28 January – Windsor Library, Windsor

9 May – Stahl Theatre, Oundle