What I Learned From Johnny Bevan

What I Learned From Johnny Bevan

Wed 28 September 2016

Autumn 2016 | Drama

"A Pulsating piece of poetic storytelling"
★★★★ Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

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 alongside the social justice they hoped for, can Nick, now a jaded music journalist, save Johnny from himself?

Luke Wright delivers an impassioned, spellbinding performance of his razor sharp script that is infused with humour, humanity and wit. What I Learned From Johnny Bevan strikes at the heart of British politics, questioning the value systems that encouraged the rise of New Labour and the current brand of Conservatism, with both parties abandoning the working class. This gripping story is a modern fable that reflects today’s political polarisation and resonates with the disillusionment felt by many.

What I Learned From Johnny Bevan is a compelling, politically charged story encompassing shattered friendships, class and social ceilings, and especially relevant now that The Labour Party is engaged in another battle for its soul.

Written and performed by Luke Wright | Score by Ian Catskilkin from the band Art Brut
directed by Soho Theatre Associate Director and nabokov Artistic Director Joe Murphy



Check out some of Luke's other work here - be advised that some of the content is for 18s + only!


Luke Wright
He’s best known for blistering, incisive and astute performance poetry and regular slots on BBC Radio, but it was Luke Wright’s first theatre show What I Learned from Johnny Bevan that took the Edinburgh Fringe by storm and then sold out three weeks at London’s Soho Theatre. Wright received a Stage Award for Acting Excellence for his hurricane performance and the show received a Fringe First for the quality of the writing. The London run added a nomination for the 2017 Off West End Awards and Luke was invited to stage the show for politicians at The Houses of Parliament. Now, as part of an extensive national tour, Liverpool audiences can see what all the fuss is about when it visits the Unity Theatre on 28 September.

Luke Wright tours the world each year with his unique brand of poetry and can often be seen opening for John Cooper Clarke. His verse documentaries on Channel 4 have been enjoyed by millions of viewers and his poems can often be heard on BBC Radios 3 & 4, sometimes further afield. He is a regular contributor to Sony Award-winning Saturday Live and has numerous main channel TV appearances under his belt. He curates the spoken word line-ups at The Latitude Festival, Festival Number 6 and The Edinburgh International Book Festival.
Director Joe Murphy won a Fringe First with nabokov for BUNNY (Underbelly) and universal acclaim for BLINK (Traverse), both of which transferred Off-Broadway. As Artistic Director of nabokov he also directed the hit production of Nick Payne’s INCOGNITO at the Bush. Most recently Associate Director on the mega-hit and Broadway transferred WOLF HALL, Joe is now Associate Director at Soho Theatre.

What I Learned From Johnny Bevanis also published in paperback and limited edition hardback. 


Fringe First Award for New Writing (2015)

The Stage Award for Acting Excellence

'This is such a rich piece of writing… resonant and timely.'
★★★★★ Natash Tripney, Exeunt

'An astonishing, thought-provoking and original tour-de-force'
★★★★★ London Theatre1

'Stirring eloquence and resonant delivery heighten the drama and clarify the emotional impact'
★★★★ The Stage

'Pulsating, neatly handled piece of poetic storytelling'
★★★★ Lyn Gardner, Guardian

'Blistering … a story of our times … a strikingly assured performance of a compelling piece of writing.'
★★★★ Scotsman - Fringe First Award winner

'It’s like an episode of This Is England, delivered by one man. Brilliant.'
★★★★ Scotsman

show details

Dates: Wed 28 Sep
Times: 8pm
Running time: TBC
Prices: £14 | £12 Concession
Charges: n/a

Venue: Unity One