the glummer twins

stand-up poetry, comedy and music from the beat generation

the glummer twins

He’s David Harmer and I’m Ray Globe and together we’re The Glummer Twins - Stand Up Poetry from the Beat Generation. In a previous life we were both members of the legendary performance poetry group Circus of Poets [with Ian McMillan, John Turner and Martin Wiley] We formed The Glummer Twins in Autumn 2014 to collaboratively write and perform comedy poetry, often incorporating music to enhance the spoken word. After almost a year of writing, arranging, previewing and open mic’ing around South Yorkshire we published our collection ‘Taking it Badly’ and took our show to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August 2015. The Glummer Twins have since performed at:

Swindon Fringe Festival 2016

Buxton Fringe Festival 2016 [Nominated Best Spoken Word Show]

Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2016 [***** Review]

Here are some of the lovely things people have said about us:

‘Think Morecambe and Wise crossed with The Mighty Boosh’ BenHuxleyblog Edinburgh Fringe 2016 read review

‘David Harmer and Ray Globe command the stage with great chemistry and experienced ease as The Glummer Twins.’ ThreeWeeks Edinburgh Fringe review 2016 read review

‘The guys are genuinely funny. Watching The Glummer Twins is a fine way to wind up a morning on the Fringe.’ EdinFortyNine Edinburgh Fringe review 2016 read review

Shortlisted Best Spoken Word Show Buxton Fringe 2016

‘Billed as stand-up poetry from the beat generation, this is a show that looks at the world from a particular generational perspective, they have a great eye for the absurdities and indignities of ageing a telling image and a witty rhyme.’ Cultural Outpost Blog

‘Elements of Morecambe and Wise with a healthy dose of John Cooper-Clarke’ Doncaster Folk Festival

‘Hilarious’ The Skinny

‘The duo has the empathy and professional delivery of Morecambe and Wise’ Buxton Fringe Review

‘You absolutely won’t regret spending an hour in their company. They’re very funny men, those Glummer Twins.’ Fringe Guru Buxton 2016


David Harmer

David was born in 1952 and is best known as a children’s writer with poems and stories appearing in many books mainly published by Macmillans Children’s Books. His latest collection There’s A Monster In The Garden is from Frances Lincoln. David still regularly works in schools encouraging children and their grown-ups to write poems and laugh as much as they can. He also has a number of collections for adults. David was a founder member of the poetry performance group Circus of Poets and later worked with Paul Cookson in the highly rated poetry duo Spill The Beans. Recently he has discovered he is 64 and now gets together with Ray Globe to write and perform as The Glummer Twins. He and his wife Paula live in Doncaster because it’s their turn.

Ray Globe

Ray was born in Yorkshire in 1954. He began performing in the late 60’s with South Yorkshire Theatre for Youth where he shared a stage with the young David Harmer. In the 1980's he worked with Circus of Poets, writing music for the performance poetry group and appearing with them on stage and television. Ray still works with a number of theatre companies in Sheffield both as a performer and director. He also writes and performs poetry with David Harmer in The Glummer Twins.