Luke Wright – What I Learned From Johnny Bevan

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A lyrical monologue about friendship and class from the acclaimed contemporary poet and radio regular.

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What I Learned From Johnny Bevan

He's back! Last time in Tattenhall, Luke Wright electrified, surprised and excited us with his brilliant, high impact poetry. This time he brings us a story of shattered friendship, class ceilings and the hollow reality of the New Labour dream - delivered with humour and humanity in a hurricane of a performance by this multi award winner.

At university, the whip-smart, mercurial Johnny saves Nick, firing him up about politics, music & literature. Twenty years later, as their youthful dreams disintegrate along with the social justice they'd hoped for, can Nick save Johnny from himself?

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What I Learned from Johnny Bevan

21 Aug 20154 stars

Haunting performance evoking late 1990s Britain

Spoken word artist Luke Wright's first play is a powerful evocation of Britain in the late 1990s, shot through with the swaggering of Britpop and the early optimism of the Tony Blair years. Unsurprisingly, it's a deeply poetic monologue. Nick is a…

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As the Mercury nominee heads to the Edinburgh book festival, Luke Wright praises her talents

In autumn 2006, I did a gig at the OneTaste all dayer at The Bedford in Balham. The venue was rammed, with the audience pushing between rooms to take in a variety of singer-songwriters and poets (we didn’t call them ‘spoken-word artists’ back then). I…

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