Luke Wright Lowestoft show on 2022 tour
Internationally renowned Suffolk based poet emerges from his enforced retirement with an infectious thirst for life
Whether he’s playing master of ceremonies at a Libertines show in front of 5,000 screaming rock fans or reciting Georgian ballads down your local, Bungay based Luke Wright is adept at taking poetry to places it doesn’t normally go. His poems can be tender, riotous, caustic and romantic and he delivers them with the ferocity and panache of a raconteur at the top of his game.
Now Luke is preparing for an extensive tour the UK in 2022 with an all new set of poems. The tour will visit the length and breadth of Britain, from The Channel Islands to Scotland and, following the September 2021 Covid cancellation, it is coming to Lowestoft’s Marina Theatre on 31 March.
In the show his deliciously funny poems are set against a backdrop of pandemic politics, ageing parents, and an endless, droning culture war. Wright throws a squat party in his ‘poor old heart’, featuring a cast of murderous swans, sozzled devils, and the people we most want to protect.
For over 20 years now Luke has toured the world to perform his flamboyant, political and riotously funny poetry. In March 2020 that all came to an enforced halt but now he is ready to fully emerge from this temporary retirement with an infectious thirst for life. But what kind of life? And does it bear any resemblance to the one he had before?
‘His performances rumble with rage, passion and humour.’ Guardian
He said ‘usually I spend much of the year touring around the world so the pandemic lockdown’s gave me time to reflect more and think about how the pandemic has affected people from all walks of life. After so long It’s going to be a thrill to take this new collection of poems on tour and especially to be performing at The Marina’.
No less a personage than Patti Smith praised his ‘cool poems’ and Carl Barât of The Libertines said ‘Luke is one of the greats. A poetic pugilist. Beguiling and hypnotic.’
With an international reputation as a leader of the spoken word scene, Luke Wright is one of the UK’s most riveting spoken word performers. His poems are delivered with dynamism, intensity and charisma. Keenly personal but always inflected with irreverent humour, his poetry is always based on his life – as a poet, a father and a son. He is acknowledged as one of our top poets and one of the principle architects of the now thriving UK spoken word scene.
‘A lyrical tour de force’ EDP
In 2020, when mostly confined to his home he was dubbed ‘the bard of lockdown’ by The Daily Telegraph for his marathon stint of 100 consecutive nights of online shows. These attracted daily viewing figures of up to 10,000.
His latest book, The Feel-Good Movie of the Year is out now from Penned in the Margins. He is the winner of a Fringe First, a Stage Award for Acting Excellence and In May 2021 he won a richly deserved third Saboteur Award, for Best Spoken Word Performer.
‘Fierce, wistful, romantic and witty. A sensational hour of poetry’ ***** The Stage
Luke is a very entertaining, witty eloquent and erudite interviewee. Contact Steve Forster as above for availabilities, review tickets and images.
The tour will continue into the autumn and dates are being added all the time, visit www.lukewright.co.uk for the latest updates.
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