We all want something to believe in. It’s 1987 and Frankie Vah gorges on love, radical politics and indie stardom. But can he keep it all down? Following the multi award-winning What I Learned From Johnny Bevan, Luke Wright’s second verse play deals with love, loss and belief, against a backdrop of skuzzy indie venues and 80s politics. Expect frenetic guitars, visceral verse and a Morrissey-sized measure of heartache.
Flamboyant, political and riotously funny, Luke Wright creates inventive poems with loads of heart. Part Essex wide boy, part dandy fop, he writes from the sidelines about small-town tragedies and national farce, then performs his work with snarl and spit.
Since 2006 he has written and performed nine spoken word shows and two verse plays, touring them to top literary and arts festivals from Australia to Scotland via Hong Kong and Bruges. He’s won a 4Talent Award, a Stage Award, a Fringe First Award, a Saboteur Award, and the NFBC short film competition at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival. He’s been shortlisted for an East Anglian Book Award, an Off-West End Award, and an Amused Moose Award
“Wright is a clever playwright and a charismatic performer … Frankie Vah is all the richer for its political and poetical layers … Wright succeeds in finding new and beautiful ways of expressing the everyday.” The Guardian
“Brilliant script … sheer linguistic virtuosity and sweaty magnetism.” ★★★★ Time Out
“It’s absolutely mesmerizing: the lyrical, musical push and pull, the perfect detonation of sharp consonants and stretchy vowels.” Exeunt
“Engaging and sensitive.” ★★★★ British Theatre Guide
“It’s smart, it’s funny, it’s insightful, poignant, beautiful and tragic. I loved it.” EDP