"A mixture of the absurd and downright wacky...a gentle giant of stand-up poetry" The List.
"The Alan Bennett of poetry" The Scotsman.
"Dovetails bittersweet poetry with a sublimely observant wit" The Gurdian.
"The poetry itself is stuff of proper substance, marrying the suburban beauty of Beatles ballads with the blunt candour of the kitchen sink" The Guardian.
“Henry Normal managed his set like the seasoned performer he is. A master of timing, funny, vulnerable, self-deprecating, emotional, aware of his audience, unafraid to expose his inner workings.” Audience, Raining Upwards, Manchester
Henry is co-writer and producer of some of the very biggest hits of British TV and cinema over the last 20 years. He co-wrote Mrs Merton, The Royle Family and much of Steve Coogan’s early shows. He’s produced everything from 24 Hour Party People, to Red Dwarf, Gavin and Stacey and the film Philomena.
He was recently honoured by BAFTA with a special award for services to television in 2017 and has even had a beer named after him.
Spoken-word fans will, however remember him from the 80s and 90s as a hard-working and quirky performance poet on the cabaret circuit alongside John Hegley and John Cooper Clarke. In 2016 he stepped down as MD of Baby Cow Productions (the company he co-founded with Steve Coogan) to return to his first love – poetry.
He is a humble and likeable performer and in this gently humorous, heart-on-its-sleeve show he introduces you to his latest collection of poems. You can reassure anyone who shudders at the idea of an evening of poetry that as someone who helped found the Live Poets Society, he sticks very closely to their motto “poetry so good you can actually understand it”.
His subject matter is love, life and the meaning of life and his poems are touching and witty, intelligent and often funny. He reminds you gently of moments in your own life when the ordinary meets the extraordinary and you’ll find that anyone of a certain age will find things they have in common with Henry.
Suitable for adult and 14 years plus