Watch Suffolk poet Luke Wright perform live on Twitter every night during lockdown
PUBLISHED: 18:30 29 April 2020 | UPDATED: 12:43 30 April 2020
Amazing award-winning poet Luke Wright, from Bungay, hasn’t let Coronavirus silence him and plans to keep going until audiences can return to the theatres, arts centres and venues he would usually perform in.
Luke Wright is a spit and sawdust wordsmith, known for his inventive and engaging poetry documenting 21st century British life with wit, humanity, and panache. He performs a selection of different poems each night from his extensive back catalogue and is also previewing new material. Among his viewers he’s attracting ‘celebs’ such as Shappi Khorsandi and Robin Ince. He’s even attracted a patron of sorts with celebrated Guardian cartoonist Martin Rowson, a keen fan, providing the poet with port for consumption during the shows. Apparently, a new, ever more exotic, bottle is delivered to Luke’s door each week.
The daily shows can be seen live here and they stay online until 5pm the next day.
At the time theatres and venues had to close in mid March, Luke was touring his new show The Remains of Logan Dankworth with dates stretching through to July before a month at the Edinburgh Festival. Within a couple of days he had hatched the plan to deliver online shows from his home on the Norfolk/Suffolk border.
Each Saturday he invites requests, compiling a set from viewer suggestions, and on some Wednesdays he performs his full length ‘verse-plays’. The Remains of Logan Dankworth is coming up on 6 May.
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Luke says: “I’d always wanted to do a live video on social media, but had felt too self-conscious. What if no one watched it? Where would I sit? What would people think of seeing me at home? But surely if I was ever going to realise the idea this was the time.
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“The first proper show on March 19 was seen, either live or streamed, by 4,000 people. Numbers have ebbed and flowed since (one show attracted 10,000 views in its 21-hour life) but I think it’s important to keep up a daily show. I’ll keep them going as long as people keep tuning in. I’ve already developed a strong regular audience and some have watched every show.”
“I’ve also set up a button so people can make a donation, and was bowled over to receive money. Effectively busking from the comfort of my own home!’
He is also currently writing a new show of poems called The Ballad Seller consisting of re-written broadside ballads from Georgian times and so far two of these have debuted in the Twitter gigs.
Another to get its first airing in an online show is ‘Essex Virus’, the latest in his Essex Lion series which looks at the immediate period before the lockdown was announced.
Luke Wright has been writing and performing his work for 20 years, touring all over the world. He is acknowledged as one of Britain’s top stand-up poets and one of the principle architects of the now thriving spoken word scene. For 11 years he co-programmed the Poetry Arena at Latitude, Europe’s largest poetry gig and he now curates poetry for Edinburgh International Book Festival. He has eight books, and five (audio) albums of spoken word to his name.
He is a Fringe First and Stage Award For Acting Excellence winner, has won two Saboteur Awards and is currently nominated for Best Spoken Word Performer and Best Spoken Word Show in the 2020 Awards.
To find out more about Luke Wright click here where you can listen to him performing his work.
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