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Luke Wright (14+)

Friday, May 13

WINNER Saboteur Award for Best Spoken Word Performer 2021Whether he’s opening for the Libertines or reciting Georgian ballads down your local, Luke Wright is adept at taking poetry places it doesn’t normally go.

John Cooper Clarke’s regular warm-up guy writes poems that are tender, riotous, caustic and romantic then delivers them with the ferocity and panache of a raconteur at the top of his game.

This is an ALL-NEW show with deliciously funny poems set against a backdrop of pandemic politics, ageing parents, and the endless, droning culture war.

Wright’s third collection The Feel-Good Movie of the Year is out now from Penned in the Margins. Ian Duhig calls it a “a terrific new book: subtle, nuanced and movingly personal. A hurt man taking stock in fresh words.”

“Luke Wright is one of the greats. A poetic pugilist. Beguiling and hypnotic.” Carl Barât“His performances rumble with rage, passion and humour.” Guardian

“He must be on some kind of dope” John Cooper Clarke

“Cool Poems” Patti Smith

“Fierce, wistful, romantic and witty. A sensational hour of poetry.” ★★★★★ The Stage

“The bard of lockdown” Telegraph

Supported by Arts Council, England

***Pay What You Decide!***

This is a Pay What You Decide event which means you choose what the show is worth to you! You can decide what you would like to pay when you book on our website by adding a donation to your booking, or you can pay after you have seen the show at Barbican Theatre.

Looking around at other events going on in the city, we estimate that 1 ticket to similar events would cost £12.There is no ‘right’ answer, we are not attempting to lead you to a specific figure.

You can pay £0 for your ticket.

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