City of Literature

Luke Wright

Frankie Vah


Friday 26 & Saturday 27 May 7.30pm

Norwich Playhouse

Frankie Vah

© Idi Sukan


Written and performed by Luke Wright
Directed by Joe Murphy
Associate Director Alex Thorpe
Scored by Ian Catskilkin (Art Brut)
Lighting by Tom Clutterbuck

It is 1987. Simon Mortimer, the vicar’s son from Essex, has lost his religion. Replaced by radical politics, ranting poetry, and his beloved girlfriend Eve, Simon performs his poetry as Frankie Vah. They live in love and penury, but when Frankie goes on tour with indie darlings The Midnight Shift, his new world is put to the test.

Following the multi-award-winning What I Learned From Johnny Bevan, Luke Wright’s second verse play deals with love, loss and belief against a backdrop of skuzzy indie venues and 80s politics. Expect jangling guitars, visceral verse, and a Morrissey-sized measure of heartache.

Pulsating, poetic storytelling The Guardian

Wright’s full-throated reverie is spellbindingThe Daily Record

Proper power over the English language, a storyteller worth listening to. The Daily Telegraph

Post show talk on Saturday 27 May

Recommended for ages 14+

Performance runs: c. 1 hr

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A co-commission by Paul Jellis, Norfolk & Norwich Festival and Soho Theatre.

Supported by Arts Council England.