Luke Wright, Poet and Man review at Pleasance Courtyard Edinburgh
Luke Wright is a poet to be admired. His work is a cut above that of many of the spoken word and slam poets. It has meaning – at the very least to him.
His piece about a dysfunctional former schoolmate now serving time for GBH was moving, and the one on staying at home with his wife was an unusual and touching love poem. And his poetic character assassination of a failing train company was true and hilarious.
The show was well structured, neatly divided into eight chapters, introduced with a wide range of quotations, from Jack Kerouac to Evelyn Waugh to Saint Paul. Wright performed with great soul and passion.
The problem came with the material between the poems. Wright attempted some stand-up but it was not really his bag. It is a moot point whether performance poets should try to be funny between poems, but if they go for it, they need to hit the mark.
This is, however, a minor point. Luke Wright is cutting a distinctive career path – his two-day Poetry Party at the Meadows were excellent – and this enjoyable show will further enhance his standing.
Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh, August 1-25
- Author, Producer and Performer
- Luke Wright
- James Grieve
- Running Time
We need your help…
When you subscribe to The Stage, you’re investing in our journalism. And our journalism is invested in supporting theatre and the performing arts.
The Stage is a family business, operated by the same family since we were founded in 1880. We do not receive government funding. We are not owned by a large corporation. Our editorial is not dictated by ticket sales.
We are fully independent, but this means we rely on revenue from readers to survive.
Help us continue to report on great work across the UK, champion new talent and keep up our investigative journalism that holds the powerful to account. Your subscription helps ensure our journalism can continue.