Roger McGough: Alive and Gigging

Literature |
22nd September 2023

Starts 8pm | Tickets £25.50 | Theatre

Poet, performer and broadcaster, Roger McGough has published over 100 poetry books for adults and children and has been called ‘the patron saint of poetry’ and ‘the godfather of modern poetry’. The Mersey Sound published in 1967 is one of the bestselling poetry anthologies of all time, selling over a million copies.

Roger McGough not only helped kickstart the musical careers of Bob Dylan and Jimi Hendrix, but inspired hundreds, if not thousands of young poets (well, quite a few), on their poetic journeys.

85 years old and at that awkward age now between birth and death, he puts on a brave face and takes to the stage with a show featuring new poems as well as old favourites.

The new show takes audiences on a journey back to key moments of his life. McGough reflects on his Liverpool childhood just before World War II, with memories and poems including The Full English, The Overall Winner and Learning to Read. Memories of his mum and dad are told through poems The Railing and What Does Your Father Do, and some are a throwback to the ’60s, namely The Beatles and Top of the Pops.

New verses have been added for Lily the Pink, which take a playful update on the 1968 classic by The Scaffold.

As well as laughs, there will be poems about growing old. A Joy to be Old, A Cure for Ageing and Let me Die an Old Man’s Death, which aptly round up the new show.

Photo Credit: Vicki Sharp

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DATES & TIMES

22nd September 2023

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