Wordfringe 2009Programme StrandsEvent Calendar




1st–31st May 2009

Week 4

The Night Mare V Fear of Intimacy

Attila the Stockbroker and David Rovics

In Search of Salt

In Search of Salt

Poetry of Lighthouses

John Hegley

Drawing out the Creativity

Fredrik Sixten: Requiem

Week 5

The Word Birds

Voyager Poets

Not Drowning but Waving

Fresh Ayr

Young People's Poetry Competition Prizegiving

Stuart MacBride: Blind Eye


Closing Verses

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John Hegley

Beyond Our Kennel: Innovative stand-up comic poetry


Friday 22 May 2009
7.30pm – 9.30pm

Review by
Pauline de Koning

The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen [Map]

Admission £11 (concessions £9) + 10% booking fee
Tickets available from Aberdeen Box Office (01224 641122)

Part of the Performance Poetry strand

Yabba-Daberdeen! Here comes Hegley's word-wild song and poem spectacle with a very experienced but unjaded performer in his own clothes. Over 7s welcome for much mirth, one mandolin and some melancholy. No hamsters. His new show, Beyond Our Kennel, includes communal dog development, fig rolls of the imagination and the tortoise enigma.

John Hegley

John Hegley worked as a bus conductor and a social security clerk until he attended university, after which he set up two children's theatre groups. In 1980 he entered the notoriously tough comedy circuit, getting his first notable exposure in 1984 on John Peel's Popticians.

Hegley is a regular sell-out at the Edinburgh Festival. He has performed at the Montreal Comedy Festival, the USA Comedy Festival in Aspen, with Ulrika Jonsson and Anita Dobson in The Pyjama Game and on BBC Radio 4's Hearing With Hegley.

John Hegley is widely known as one of the country's most innovative comic poets with several best-selling volumes of poetry to his name.

See www.johnhegley.co.uk for more.

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