John Hegley, the UK’s favourite performance poet, makes welcome return to Ropery Hal

Returning to Barton upon Humber’s Ropery Hall on Friday (May 8) is comedy’s very own poet laureate John Hegley.

His new show, New and Selected Potatoes, continues his love affair with the humble vegetable and is the best of golden oldies compilation along with some new stuff work.

“It really is hard to categorize John,” said Liz Bennet of The Ropewalk.  “Descriptions range from poet, comic, singer and songwriter to glasses-wearer.”

“It is not difficult, judging by previous performances here at Ropery Hall, to see how John has captivated audiences all over the country, in theatres and festivals, at gigs at the Edinburgh Festival, and numerous appearances on radio and television,” she continued.

“This new compilation shows the breadth of his appeal, with seriously funny, cleverly comic poems on everything from love, family, France, art and the sea to dogs, dads, gods, taxidermy, carrots, spectacles and – of course – potatoes.”

“We’re delighted that the UK’s favourite performance poet, comedian, and musician is heading for Ropery Hall, mandolin in hand, with a performance of pieces new and older, sung, spoken, and awoken with dance: meditations upon family, celery, and happier Daleks.  Light and lyrical.  Deep and daft.  Come and sing,” Liz went on.

John’s first public performance monies came from busking his songs, initially outside a shoe shop in Hull, in the late 1970s before performing on the streets of his home city, London, in the early 1980s, fronting the Popticians.

He is a frequent performer of his words, sung and spoken, on both local and national radio and has produced 12 books of poetry and prose pieces and two CDs.  An Edinburgh Festival regular, he is noted for his exploration of such diverse topics as dog hair, potatoes, handkerchiefs and the misery of human existence.

The show starts at 8pm and tickets cost £13 in advance or £15 on the door and can be bought online at, in person at the Craft Gallery or by calling 01652 660380.


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