Crack out the bunting! It’s Luke Wright’s Silver Jubilee.
Over twenty-five years, Luke Wright has built up a reputation for beingone of Britain’s most popular live poets. He has won an unprecedentedfour Saboteur Awards (national awards for spoken word), a Stage Award,and a Fringe First. He’s sold out shows across the world and regularlytours with John Cooper Clarke and The Libertines.
This year, thwarted in his attempts to hold a street party by thephilistines on the council and unable to shift the over-orderedcommemorative plates, Wright does what a poet does best, and takes adeep dive into himself. What follows is his most confessional show todate.
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 birthmother on Facebook. This window to a world that might have been hishas thrown up deep questions about privilege, familial love, and destiny.
This show is an excavation of lives lived and not lived. Wright navigateshis audience through a warm and honest hour of poems and stand-upwith the directness and pathos that has made him one of the mostpopular live poets in England. With some wild experiments in form, anervous kitten called Sir John Betjeman and a healthy smattering of drumn bass, Wright manages to navigate some heart-wrenching material andkeep the laughs coming.
“Luke is on fire! A poetic interrogation of himself, who he is and wherehe is from that leaves you tenderised and bruised and with a littlesomething in your eye.” Mark Thomas
“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.” ★★★★★ Stage
“Curiously classless, perfectly placed to dissect the dreams of the Britishnation. His lexical acrobatics are astounding, often motor-mouthed andbreathtakingly honest.” ★★★★★ The List
“One of the funniest and most brilliant poets of his generation.” Independent
“Visceral, Poignant and riotously funny” ★★★★★ Scotsman