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Luke Wright’s Cynical Ballads (Ditto Productions / Escalator East To Edinburgh / Lakin McCarthy)

By | Published on Thursday 25 August 2011

Fusing poetry with a kind of gentle rap, Luke Wright’s Cynical Ballads is a tidy exploration of social culture and political hypocrisy. While perhaps failing to capture the true lyrical finesse and creativity of more underground artists such as Riz MC, Wright appeals to a much wider audience by employing projected images which assist the narrative and through line of his show. From hating on the government to looking at adolescent relationships, Wright creates this kind of warm nostalgia and flourishes in rhyming verse while looking at how poetry as an art form has influenced and informed the public. Intuitive and discerning, Wright’s set is one that confronts our collective evils without preaching about them.

Underbelly, 4 – 28 Aug (not 16), 4.15pm (5.15pm), £8.50 – £10.50, fpp111.
tw rating 4/5