Norfolk poet set to take his show to the Houses of Parliament

What I Learned From Johnny Bevan. Photo: Guiseppe Cerone.

What I Learned From Johnny Bevan. Photo: Guiseppe Cerone. - Credit: Guiseppe Cerone

Norfolk poet Luke Wright is heading to Westminster to perform his debut theatre show at the Houses of Parliament.

Mr Wright, a former University of East Anglia student, impressed Edinburgh Festival Fringe audiences with his political drama What I Learned From Johnny Bevan last year and picked up two awards.

Now he has been invited by Norwich South MP Clive Lewis to perform the show in front of MPs and parliamentary staff on April 27.

The solo stage show, which has recently finished a three-week sold-out run in London and is now on a national tour, is described as a politically charged story encompassing shattered friendships, class and social ceilings, and the reality of the New Labour dream.

Mr Wright said: 'I'm grateful to Clive Lewis for inviting me and engaging with my work. I relish the chance to take political theatre right to the heart of the political world - but needless to say, I won't be toning any of it down.'


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Mr Lewis added: 'I'm delighted to have a chance to showcase this brilliant example of the kind of fabulous cultural talent my constituency in Norwich attracts and develops...I'm really pleased that Luke is enjoying such success around the country with such a political show.'

What I Learned From Johnny Bevan is also being performed at Norwich Arts Centre at 8pm on May 24 as part of the Norfolk and Norwich Festival. Tickets for the May 24 show cost £12 (£10 concessions). To book, call 01603 660352 or visit www.norwichartscentre.co.uk

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