growing old disgracefully
So, let’s begin back in the good old days… This trio were once part of a comedy poetry troupe called Circus Of Poets which also included Ian McMillan. They toured Europe and appeared on TV reading out their words – angry, funny, politically angsty verse – to anyone who’d listen. One reviewer called them “the Four Tops of poetry”. Then they grew older, got respectable jobs and decided living out of a van in the name of verse was a younger man’s game. Now, some 30 years after they first appeared on stage together as idealistic pups, the trio have reformed as the wizened Saga Louts to put the 21st century to rights.
01. John Turner
a bit about John
John has been a poet and performer since the 1970s. He was a member with Ian McMillan of the legendary performance group The Circus Of Poets who enjoyed great national and international success in the 1980s and 1990s, making countless TV and radio appearances and performing to live audiences of up to 5,000 people in this country and in Europe. He has written stage plays, radio plays and gags and sketches for TV and for radio.
02. David Harmer
a bit about David
David was born in1952 and is best known as a children’s writer with many collections of poems to his name, mainly published by Macmillans Children’s Books. David appears in schools and festivals all over the country. He also has a number of poetry collections for adults. David, as a younger and thinner man, was a founder member of the poetry performance group Circus of Poets, touring nationally and appearing on radio and television. These days he is over 60 and can at times be rather more grumpy than is required, so naturally he is a member of The Saga Louts, performing in and co-writing their show A Streetcar Named Retired. He also works at Sheffield Hallam University where he teaches both MA and BA Creative Writing.
03. Ray Globe
a bit about Ray
Ray is a songwriter, musician, theatre director and actor. His Edinburgh production of John Turner’s comic play Metamorphosid Arkwright was voted Pick Of The Fringe by The Independent newspaper in 1990. An experienced live performer Ray has made many appearances on radio and TV.