A new adaptation of Luke Wright’s award-winning poem ‘What I Learned from Johnny Bevan’ is the latest live event brought to you by Safe Hands. Originally a long piece of performance poetry, this adaptation aims to bring Wright’s fiery political epic to life in an exciting and communicative production.
Set mostly in the late nineties the play follows Nick, whose middle class bubble is violently burst by Johnny Bevan, the friend he had been searching for his whole life. The poem seamlessly reflects the public in the private as Nick reminisces about university, and recounts the path of rapidly disintegrating hope in Johnny’s life. ‘What I Learned from Johnny Bevan’ is the story of a friendship that struggles to escape its class-centric political context.
Reviews for Luke Wright’s poem:
‘Blistering… a story of our times’
- The Scotsman
‘Pulsating piece of poetic storytelling’
- Lyn Gardner, The Guardian
Written by Luke Wright | New adaptation by James Carroll | Directed by James Carroll & Harry Stott
Downstairs @ HPBC
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