Luke Wright: What I Learned from Johnny Bevan
8pm Thursday 27 October
WINNER Fringe First Award for new writing
WINNER The Stage Award for acting excellence
WINNER Best Spoken Word Show Saboteur Awards 2016
WINNER Best Show Laugharne Weekend 2016
WINNER Dark Chat Awards for Best Entertainment 2015
Best known for blistering, incisive and astute performance poetry and regular slots on BBC Radio, we’re delighted to bring Luke Wright’s first theatre show What I Learned from Johnny Bevan to Lancaster Arts.
After taking the Edinburgh Fringe by storm last year, winning a Fringe First Award, and selling out three weeks at London’s Soho Theatre Luke capped it all off by being invited to stage the show for politicians at The Houses of Parliament. Now, as part of an extensive national tour, Lancaster audiences can see what all the fuss is about.
What I Learned From Johnny Bevan is a compelling, politically charged story encompassing shattered friendships, class and social ceilings, and is especially relevant now that The Labour Party is engaged in another battle for its soul.
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 with the social justice they hoped for, can Nick save Johnny from himself? Luke Wright delivers a multi award winning hurricane of a performance. With humour and humanity he takes British politics head on, challenging the rise of New Labour and David Cameron, and the abandonment of those left behind.
★★★★ The Guardian