Poet Dr. John Cooper Clarke performs at New Theatre Royal

Punk icon and people’s poet Dr. John Cooper Clarke brings his biting, political, and hilarious verse to the New Theatre Royal as part of Portsmouth Festivities 2016.

Clarke’s career spans over five decades, and uniquely makes its mark across poetry, music, TV, film, radio, literature, and fashion.

He shot to prominence in the 1970s as the original punk poet, and emerged as one of the leading voices of youth culture. Thanks to his satirical verse, delivered in a unique rapid-fire performance style, he became a seminal influence on the punk movement.

His acclaimed live tour is back on the road, with a mixture of his classic verse, extraordinary new material, hilarious ponderings on modern life, good honest gags, riffs, and chat.

He’ll be supported by comedian, actor, and writer Simon Day, who is famed for his brilliant character invention, including his alter-ego for the New Theatre Royal: Geoffrey Allerton, ‘Yorkshire’s foremost poet’.

Also supporting on the night are two rising stars of the increasingly popular performance poetry circuit, Clare Ferguson Walker and James Massiah.

Clare Ferguson Walker is an accomplished sculptor and talented poet who wowed audiences with her award-winning one-woman show at last year’s Edinburgh Festival.

James Massiah is a poet, musician, and DJ whose previous performances before coming to the New Theatre Royal have included shows at the Southbank Centre, Tate Modern, QE Olympic Park, and Houses of Parliament.

Tickets for the performance, which runs from 7:30pm to around 10:00pm, are £24.00, with £22.00 concessions and an offer for students of £15.00.

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