Luke Wright: JOY! at Edinburgh Fringe

The Fringe's favourite poet returns with stacks of brilliant, big-hearted poems that get to grips with joy in mulchy middle age.
Come let a little joy into your life with a raconteur and wordsmith at the top of his game

Luke Wright: JOY! at Edinburgh Fringe

About this event

Starts: Wednesday 31 July 2024 2:55 PM

Ends: Tuesday 13 August 2024 3:55 PM

At: Pleasance Dome, Brosto Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9AL

The Fringe’s favourite poet spreads the joy at the Edinburgh Fringe in his all-new show

At the 2023 Fringe and subsequent UK tour, Luke Wright’s Silver Jubilee proved that in his 40s he’s making the best work of his life (‘the best thing he’s done and that’s saying something’ ★★★★★ Dominic Cavendish, Telegraph). 

LUKE WRIGHT: JOY! is an even more ambitious show, drilling down into the slippery concept of joy, with outrageous slices of spoken word, inventive uses of the poetic form alongside utterly heart-wrenching moments. And there’s a stack of great gags to boot!

It can be seen daily at Pleasance Dome, 10 Dome (Venue 23) in Edinburgh's Bristo Square from 31 July to 13 Aug at 14.55

‘Breathtaking … with a sharpness and wisdom that lifts the soul and soothes the battered heart’

★★★★ Joyce McMillan, The Scotsman (2023)

The French novelist Henry de Montherlant claimed that ‘happiness writes white’ but Wright’s not exactly starting with a blank page. In his new show the Fringe’s favourite poet writes urgently and warmly about family, fatherhood, and the sheer joy of language itself. 

‘The best exploration of love, family and belonging I have ever had the pleasure of seeing’ ★★★★★ The Student (2023)

Wright says: ‘Joy is famously difficult to capture in writing. Perhaps that’s why so much poetry is miserable. The challenge for me was to write about joy whilst avoiding the saccharine. This show is defiantly not a live self-help book, nor is it a sixty-minute version of These are a Few of my Favourite Things. I touch on consumerism, family, stability and place - hopefully in unusual and engaging ways.’

‘A winning combination of honesty, humour, ire and wonder. He is at the peak of his powers’ ★★★★★ The Stage (2023)

This summer Luke Wright is celebrating 25 years as a gigging poet, rounding off his 60 date national tour with appearances at Glastonbury, First Light and Latitude. He has also been opening for poetry legend John Cooper Clarke, bringing the house down at illustrious venues such as The London Palladium, The De La Warr Pavilion and The Bristol Beacon. His latest collection of poems Are Murmurations Worth It? sold out its initial print run in six weeks.

His 2023 show Luke Wright’s Silver Jubilee clocked up significant mileage as it toured all over the UK through late 2023 and the first half of 2024. The autumn/spring gig sheet for JOY is filling up now, looking set to amass even more dates. 

Flamboyant, political and riotously funny, Luke has an international reputation as a leader of the spoken word scene and as one of the UK’s most riveting spoken word performers. His poems are delivered with dynamism, intensity and charisma. Keenly personal but always inflected with irreverent humour, his poetry is always based on his life and observations - as a poet, a father and a son. He is acknowledged as one of our top poets and one of the principal architects of the now thriving UK spoken word scene. He is the winner of a Fringe First, a Stage Award for acting excellence and three Saboteur Awards, including Best Performer.www.lukewright.co.uk

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