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We all want something to believe in. It’s 1987 and Frankie Vah gorges on love, radical politics, and dirty indie stardom. But can he keep it all down?

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 frenetic guitars, visceral verse, and a Morrissey-sized measure of heartache.

Written and performed in deft verse by this Fringe First & Stage Award for Acting Excellence winner.

Reviews  2018
please note – some reviews do not give ★ ratings

“Wright is a clever playwright and a charismatic performer … Frankie Vah is all the richer for its political and poetical layers … Wright succeeds in finding new and beautiful ways of expressing the everyday.” The Guardian 

“Brilliant script … sheer linguistic virtuosity and sweaty magnetism.” ★★★★ Time Out

“It’s absolutely mesmerizing: the lyrical, musical push and pull, the perfect detonation of sharp consonants and stretchy vowels.” Exeunt

“Engaging and sensitive.” ★★★★ British Theatre Guide

“It’s smart, it’s funny, it’s insightful, poignant, beautiful and tragic. I loved it.” EDP

Reviews 2017
please note – some reviews do not give ★ ratings

“With Frankie Vah, he’s managed to craft a gorgeously-worded powerhouse of a play, in one of the only verse dramas that could claim to get a crowd cheering and stamping their feet throughout. Again.” ★★★★★ Broadway Baby

“This is a mature, lyrical and politically relevant piece of poetic writing … beautifully performed…  I watched and listened in awe and pleasure, just drinking, drinking, drinking in the beauty of this show.” ★★★★★ Exeunt

“This isn’t just socialist agit-prop, though; it reaches far further than that. In his visceral, virile verse, Wright skewers the essential cadences of all political drama” ★★★★ The Stage

“Luke Wright is a force in spoken word. His unique vocal delivery and his ability to spit out verse with vitality and passion is mesmerising” ★★★★ The Wee Review


“Wright brings energy, passion and self-deprecating humour to the stage, shining a perceptive spotlight on the left wing struggles against Tory dominance” RECOMMENDED SHOW, Fringe Review


“Really well executed, funny, hopeful and high energy through out.” 9/10 Outline

“Oozes grit and force, truth and feeling. Wright is heartfelt and animated, and the show is engaging and stirring” ★★★★ To Do List

Fringe Highlight in Vogue, The Telegraph, The Stage, Exeunt, WhatsonStage, The Guardian, Edinburgh Festivals Magazine, Fringe Reporter

Running Time: 60 minutes
Thursday 20/09/2018

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