Multi award winning drama What I Learned From Johnny Bevan coming to Harrogate to close UK tour 10 Dec

Internationally renowned poet Luke Wright’s award winning drama What I Learned From Johnny Bevan is coming to Harrogate Theatre on 10 December.

Luke is a brilliant interviewee with lots of briliant stories to tell. He has recently been featured in The Guardian, on several BBC Radio 4 programmes and Chris Evans’ Radio 2 Breakfast show as well as regional publications around the country talking about the show.

‘What I Learned About Johnny Bevan’ is his first ‘theatre’ show. Last year he took it to the Edinburgh Festival where it won a Fringe First Award for the quality of the writing and a Stage Award for Acting Excellence (not bad when you consider he’s a poet who has never had an acting lesson in his life!) This year he completed a three week sell out run at the Soho Theatre in central London which has been nominated for The Off West End Awards 2017.

The extensive national tour which has taken in over 40 venues concludes at Harrogate Theatre. After an interval Luke will perform some of his stand up poetry including items from his forthcoming book The Toll (to be published early February 2017).

Luke is a brilliant, bright and entertaining interviewee. He has recently appeared as special guest with Clive Anderson on Radio 4’s Loose Ends, on Radio 3’s The Verb and was invited by Clive Lewis MP to perform the play at The Houses of Parliament. He really is at the top of his game at the moment.

There is a 360 degree (move mouse/cuser over the screen or use finger on smartphone or tablet to change the viewing angle) video of the opening section of the show here www.youtube.com/watch?v=KgwxdTcm5OY

The images show Luke in character as Nick in the play.

‘It’s like an episode of This Is England, delivered by one man. Brilliant’ ★★★★ Daily Record

Harrogate Listings info:
What I Learned from Johnny Bevan by Luke Wright
Multi award winning, searingly relevant political drama from leading poet Wright, followed by a selection of poems from his forthcoming book ‘The Toll’.
‘Blistering … a story of our times… a strikingly assured performance of a compelling piece of writing’
The Scotsman, Fringe First Award winner ★★★★

10 December 7.30pm £12
Harrogate Theatre Oxford Street HG1 1QF
£12 01423 502116 www.harrogatetheatre.co.uk

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What I Learned From Johnny Bevan in Harrogate

National tour of poet’s multi award winning politically charged theatre debut coming to to Harrogate Theatre to close national tour

He’s best known for blistering, incisive and astute performance poetry and regular slots on BBC Radio, but it was Luke Wright’s first theatre show What I Learned from Johnny Bevan that took the Edinburgh Fringe by storm and then sold out three weeks at London’s Soho Theatre. Wright received a Stage Award for Acting Excellence for his hurricane performance and the show received a Fringe First for the quality of the writing. The London run added a nomination for the 2017 Off West End Awards and Luke was invited to stage the show for politicians at The Houses of Parliament. Now, as the last date of an extensive national tour, north Yorkshire audiences can see what all the fuss is about when Luke performs the show at Harrogate Theatre on 10 December.

‘A pulsating piece of poetic storytelling’ ★★★★ Lyn Gardner, Guardian

What I Learned From Johnny Bevan is a compelling, politically charged story encompassing shattered friendships, class and social ceilings, and especially relevant now that The Labour Party is engaged in another battle for its soul.

‘Stirring eloquence and resonant delivery heighten the drama and clarify the emotional impact’ ★★★★ The Stage

At university the whip-smart, mercurial Johnny Bevan saves Nick, smashing his comfortable middle class bubble and firing him up about politics, music and literature. Twenty years later, as their youthful dreams disintegrate alongside the social justice they hoped for, can Nick, now a jaded music journalist, save Johnny from himself?

‘An evocative, poetic monologue… anyone familiar with Wright’s work will recognise his deft hand’ ★★★★ Time Out

Luke Wright delivers an impassioned, spellbinding performance of his razor sharp script that is infused with humour, humanity and wit. What I Learned From Johnny Bevan strikes at the heart of British politics, questioning the value systems that encouraged the rise of New Labour and the current brand of Conservatism, with both parties abandoning the working class. This gripping story is a modern fable that reflects today’s political polarisation and resonates with the disillusionment felt by many. See a 360° video here www.bit.ly/1nxINhS

‘An astonishing, thought-provoking and original tour-de-force’ ★★★★★ London Theatre1

Written and performed by Luke in deft visceral, punchy verse, with a score by Ian Catskilkin from the band Art Brut, tautly directed by Soho Theatre Associate Director and former nabokov Artistic Director Joe Murphy.

There will be an interval after the show following which Luke will present a set of his stand up poetry, previewing his new book The Toll which will be published in February.

‘It’s like an episode of This Is England, delivered by one man. Brilliant’ ★★★★ Daily Record

Luke Wright tours the world each year with his unique brand of poetry and can often be seen as special guest for John Cooper Clarke. His verse documentaries on Channel 4 have been enjoyed by millions of viewers and his poems can often be heard on BBC Radios 3 & 4, sometimes further afield. He is a regular contributor to Sony Award-winning Saturday Live and has numerous main channel TV appearances under his belt. He curates the spoken word line-ups at The Latitude Festival, Festival Number 6 and The Edinburgh International Book Festival.

Director Joe Murphy won a Fringe First with nabokov for BUNNY (Underbelly) and universal acclaim for BLINK (Traverse), both of which transferred Off-Broadway. As Artistic Director of nabokov he also directed the hit production of Nick Payne’s INCOGNITO at the Bush. Most recently Associate Director on the mega-hit and Broadway transferred WOLF HALL, Joe is now Associate Director at Soho Theatre. lukewright.co.uk

What I Learned From Johnny Bevan is also published in paperback and limited edition hardback.

Luke Wright is an excellent and entertaining interviewee, contact Steve Forster as above for availabilities, review tickets

‘This is such a rich piece of writing… resonant and timely’ ★★★★★ Natasha Tripney, Exeunt

Listings info:
What I Learned from Johnny Bevan by Luke Wright
Multi award winning, searingly relevant political drama from leading poet Wright, followed by a selection of poems from his forthcoming book ‘The Toll’.
‘Blistering … a story of our times… a strikingly assured performance of a compelling piece of writing’
The Scotsman, Fringe First Award winner ★★★★

10 December 7.30pm £12
Harrogate Theatre Oxford Street HG1 1QF
£12 01423 502116 www.harrogatetheatre.co.uk‘Luke Wright’s What I Learned from Johnny Bevan is terrific’ Lyn Gardner, Guardian

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