Leading poet announces first dates for UK tour of new play
I believed that Fukayama line: the end of history. But history didn’t end, did it?
The Remains of Logan Dankworth is the third and final instalment of Luke Wright’s trilogy of political verse. It looks at trust and privilege in the age of Brexit.
The play embarks on a UK tour in January, running through to July. A central London run will be announced later in 2020.
Logan Dankworth, newspaper columnist and Twitter warrior, grew up romanticising the political turmoil of the 1980s. Now, as the EU Referendum looms he is determined to be right there in the fray of the biggest political battle for years. Meanwhile, Logan’s wife Megan wants to leave London to find a place to better raise their daughter. As tensions mount at home and across the nation, something is set to be lost forever.
‘His performances rumble with rage, passion and humour, peppered with brilliantly smart observations.’ Guardian
The first two plays in the trilogy, What I Learned from Johnny Bevan and Frankie Vah, won praise from critics and audiences alike for their ‘mature, lyrical and politically relevant poetic writing’ (Exeunt), laced with wit, compassion and laser precision.
Luke said ‘The Remains of Logan Dankworth is certainly the most complex and mature thing I’ve written so far. As with my previous plays there is a personal story occurring against the backdrop of political upheaval. Previously I’ve dealt with Thatcherism and the legacy of New Labour, this is bang up to date and features a man approaching middle age excited by the febrile nature of British politics while trying to hold things together at home.’
Luke Wright is a poet and theatre maker who 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.
Flamboyant, political and riotously funny, Luke’s published work includes two full collections, three pamphlets and the two verse plays. He is the winner of a Fringe First, a Stage Award for acting excellence and two Saboteur Awards. The Remains of Logan Dankworth will be published in book form by Penned in the Margins in early February.
For 11 years he co-programmed the Poetry Arena at Latitude, Europe’s largest poetry gig and now curates poetry for Edinburgh International Book Festival.
The Remains of Logan Dankworth is directed by Alex Thorpe who also directed Frankie Vah and has three Royal Shakespeare Company productions under his belt. Music for the show was written and performed by musician and writer Polly Wright.
‘Visceral, virile verse…burns with contemporary political relevance’ The Stage (on ‘Johnny Bevan’)
Written & Performed by Luke Wright
Directed by Alex Thorpe
Dramaturgy by Sarah Dickenson
Scored by Polly Wright
Lighting Design by Joe Price
‘Cool poems’ Patti Smith
The Remains of Logan Dankworth by Luke Wright UK tour 2020 listings
A fast-paced and thrilling verse play about marriage and political upheaval, told in blistering verse by one of the UK’s most celebrated poets.
Thursday 23 January 7.30pm
Margate Tom Thumb Theatre, 2A Eastern Esplanade, Margate, Kent CT9 2LB
£12 01843 221791
Friday 24 January 7.30pm
Constantine (Cornwall) Tolmen Centre Fore Street, Constantine, Nr Falmouth, Cornwall TR115AA
£10 01326 341353
Thursday 30 January 7.30pm
Corsham (Wiltshire) The Pound Arts Centre, Pound Pill, Corsham, Wiltshire SN13 9HX
£12(£10) 01249 701628
Friday 7 February 7.30pm
Bridport Arts Centre, 9 South Street, Bridport, Dorset DT6 3NR
£12 (£10) 01308 424 204
Saturday 8 February 8pm
St Helier Jersey Arts Centre, Phillips Street, St Helier, Jersey JE2 4SW
£16 (£12) 01534 700 444
Sunday 22 February 2pm
Faversham Literary Festival @ The Limes, 59 Preston Street, Faversham Kent ME13 8PG
£10 01795 532007
Friday 6 March 7.30pm
Manchester The Edge Theatre & Arts Centre Manchester Road Chorlton, Manchester M21 9JG
£14 (£12) 0161 282 9776 www.edgetheatre.co.uk
Saturday 7 March 8pm
Chesterfield Labour Club, Unity House, 113 Saltergate, Chesterfield, Derbyshire S40 1NF
Sunday 8 March 3.30pm
St Andrews Stanza Poetry Festival @ Byre Theatre Abbey Street, St Andrews, Fife KY16 9LA
£5.50, (£4.50) 01334 475000
Friday 13 March 8pm
Diss Corn Hall, St Nicholas Street, Diss, Norfolk IP22 4LB
£10 (£6) 01379 652 241
Saturday 14 March 7.30pm
Framlingham FAYAP Youth and Arts Centre, Thomas Mills High School, Saxtead Road, Framlingham, Suffolk IP13 9HE
£10, £8 conc, 01728 723127, 07748 4222676
Friday 20 March 19.45pm
Felixstowe Two Sisters Arts Centre, St Mary’s Church, High Road, Trimley St Mary nr Felixstowe, Suffolk IP11 0SP
£12 (£10) 01394 279613
Wednesday 25 March 17.45pm
Oundle Stahl Theatre, West Street, Oundle, Northamptonshire,, PE8 4EJ
£12 (£10) 01832 273 930
Friday 15 May 7.30pm
Clevedon The Theatre Shop, Triangle Centre, Clevedon, Somerset S21 6XX
£12 01275 400225
Thursday 4 June 7pm
Ipswich New Wolsey Theatre, Civic Drive, Ipswich, IP1 2AS
£10/£5 01473 295900
Thursday 16 July 8pm
Poole, Lighthouse, Kingland Road, Poole, Dorset, BH15 1UG
£14 (£12, £10.25) 01202 280 000 www.lighthousepoole.co.uk
Friday 24 July 7.30pm
Penzance Acorn Theatre, Parade Street, Cornwall TR18 4BU
£10 01726 879500
Wednesday 29 July 7.30pm
Holt Auden Theatre @ Holt Festival Cromer Rd, Holt NR25 6EA
£15/£5 01603 598699