What I Learned From Johnny Bevan

Luke Wright and Paul Jellis present

What I Learned From Johnny Bevan

  • By Luke Wright
  • Mon 22 Feb - Sat 12 Mar, 7.15pm
  • £10 Mon 22 & Tue 23 (previews), £15 (£12.50)

‘This is such a rich piece of writing… resonant and timely.’
★★★★★ Exeunt

‘Pulsating, neatly handled piece of poetic storytelling.’
★★★★ Lyn Gardner, Guardian

Written & performed by Luke Wright

WINNER: Fringe First Award for new writing
WINNER: The Stage Award for acting excellence

A story of shattered friendship, class ceilings, and the hollow reality of the New Labour dream.

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 with the social justice they hoped for, can Nick save Johnny from himself?

Luke Wright delivers a multi award-winning hurricane of a performance. With humour and humanity he takes British politics head on, challenging the rise of New Labour, David Cameron and the abandonment of those left behind.

Co-commissioned by Norwich Arts Centre and Writers’ Centre Norwich

Running Time: 60 mins
Age Recommendation: 14+
Please note that latecomers will not be admitted and there is no readmittance during the performance

Q&A with Luke Wright and actor Stephen McGann
The Arts and the Working Class:
Wed 2 Mar, 8.30pm

Q&A with Luke Wright and Loretta Lee, Professor at Leicester University
Gentrification:
Wed 9 Mar, 8.30pm

Part of Red Button Theatre Events in association with Bertha Dochouse

Meet the characters

‘This is such a rich piece of writing… resonant and timely.’
★★★★★ Exeunt

‘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

Creative team

Director
Joe Murphy
Lighting Design
Tom Clutterbuck
Music
Ian Catskilken