Man of many talents coming to the SJT

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PERFORMANCE poet, comedian, musician and songwriter John Hegley takes his new show to the Stephen Joseph Theatre on Saturday.

In Animal Alphaboat, letters are matched to poems of profound nonsense – what is the daily routine of a bumble bee? A sheep? Why is a dog different from a deckchair?

Rhyming expertise is interspersed with simple ditties in this show for anybody over 6.

John says: “It’s an hour of song, belonging and unicorn-creation with a plain handkerchief. No alligators. Some parrots.”

John was born in 1953 in Newington Green, North London, and was educated in Luton, Bristol and at Bradford University.

His first public performance monies came from busking his songs, initially outside a shoe shop in Hull, in the late seventies. He performed on the streets of London in the early eighties, fronting the Popticians, with whom he recorded two sessions for John Peel, and has since been a frequent performer of his words, sung and spoken, on local and national radio.

The show is due to start at 3pm.