Luke Wright in Lowestoft – Photo © Martin Figura
Suffolk and Norfolk audiences have an opportunity to see the new show from internationally renowned poet Luke Wright before the rest of the world when he brings his new show to Lowestoft’s Marina Theatre on 4 September. Full release attached and pasted below.
It will be the biggest headliner to date for Luke , who lives close to the border of Suffolk and Norfolk.
Luke has been a professional poet for over 20 year, is now internationally renowned and usually spends his year touring the world performing his verses. Of course that has been curtailed in the last 18 months, but now he is now returning to the stage.
To keep his hand in during the pandemic he performed a mammoth 100 nightly consecutive live shows online, prompting The Daily Telegraph to describe him as The Bard of Lockdown. He has already had 2 books published this year (including one with illustrations by Guardian cartoonist Martin Rowson) and last month won a third Saboteur Award. His other recent awards include a Stage Award for Acting Excellence and a Scotsman Fringe First. His trilogy of verse plays have toured internationally to great critical and audience acclaim. he is a regular on BBC Radio 4 and featured on most national TV networks.
For his 2021 dates Luke is cementing his reputation as the hardest working man in poetry by taking no less than three shows on tour in the coming months – as well as making guest appearances on many of John Cooper Clarke’s tour dates.
Luke Wright is established as one of Britain’s top stand-up poets and is credited as being one of the chief architects of the now thriving UK spoken word scene. Flamboyant and often riotously funny (although some poems have a more reflective and poignant feel), Wright’s inventive shows are enjoyed by thousands of people across the world every year. He is the author of three full collections and three pamphlets of poetry as well as three verse plays.
He has received praise from fellow poets as diverse as Patti Smith, Libertine Carl Barat (he is often seen as MC for Libertines gigs), Simon Armitage and Ian McMillan and frequently shares a stage with John Cooper Clarke.
For the Marina show he is introducing his most recent collection of poems, Come! Come On! Meet Me! that address what has happened to us during the pandemic, our successes, trials and tribulations. Against the backdrop of personal pandemic politics, ageing parents, and an endlessly droning culture war, Wright throws a party in his ‘poor old heart’, featuring a cast of murderous swans, sozzled devils, and those vulnerable people we most want to protect from harm.
Luke Wright: Come! Come On! Meet Me
Leading poet’s delivers his new collection with the ferocity and panache of a raconteur at the very top of his game.
Saturday 4 Sept 7.30pm
Lowestoft Marina Theatre, Marina NR32 1HH
£15 01502 533200 www.marinatheatre.co.uk
‘Cool poems’ Patti Smith
‘Luke is one of the greats. A poetic pugilist. Beguiling and hypnotic.’ Carl Barât (The Libertines)
‘His performances rumble with rage, passion and humour.’ Guardian
‘Hurtling, headlong storytelling stuffed full of savage satire and astute observations’ The Stage
More dates are being added all the time, visit www.lukewright.co.uk for the latest list