Sun, 17 Oct



Luke Wright: The Ballad Seller

Luke Wright returns to SproutSpoken, bringing his tour-de-force show 'The Ballad Seller' to Whiskers.

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Luke Wright: The Ballad Seller

When? Where to?

17 Oct 2021, 19:30

Whiskers, 5-7 Gover Lanen, Newquay TR7 1ER

The Details...

[We are delighted to be able to present this event after the earlier date in August had to be rescheduled!]

SproutSpoken is delighted to welcome Luke Wright back after his sell-out visit in 2019.

This time, he brings his brilliant show - The Ballad Seller

Back in Georgian times we got our news from poetry. Before papers, broadcasts or the internet, ballad sellers would hawk their doggerel on street corners for a penny. Scandalous affairs, grisly crimes, and colourful characters were brought to life in rhyming verse long before the first tabloid was printed.

Now Luke Wright has rewritten the very best of these stories for the modern ear: take a trip through the Drury Lane gin shops with the Boxing Baroness; filch oysters by the dozen with Dando, the celebrated gormandiser; and escape the Bull Ring with Jemmy the Rockman. Expect scandal, excess, and beautiful flawed humanity.

Doors open: 7pm

Show Start: 7.30pm

Running time: 1 hour 45 minutes (including interval)

Licensed bar available

Age guide: 14+

His performances rumble with rage, passion and humour. They are also peppered with brilliantly smart observations. You will leave his show brimming with energy, heart pounding and brain whirring. - The Guardian

Wright’s full-throated reverie is spellbinding. - The Mirror

Illustrations by Martin Rowson. Photo by Andrew Florides.

Commissioned by The Inn Crowd  

SproutSpoken is kindly supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.





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