An evening of pure escape with stories, jokes and poems from writer, poet and TV and film producer Henry Normal. Featuring all your favourite poems from his BBC Radio 4 series and his seven poetry collections.
“A mixture of the absurd and downright wacky… a gentle giant of stand-up poetry” – The List
In addition to his long list of TV and film credits, Henry Normal is the founder of the Manchester Poetry Festival (now the Literature festival) and co-founder of the Nottingham Poetry Festival.
“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
Setting up Baby Cow Productions in 1999 with Steve Coogan, Henry executive produced all and script edited many of the shows created during his seventeen-and-a-half year tenure as MD. He co-created and co-wrote the first series of The Royle Family, as well as co-writing The Mrs Merton Show, Paul and Pauline Calf’s Video Diaries, Coogan’s Run and many more. In June 2017 he was honoured with a special BAFTA for services to Television.
“Dovetails bittersweet poetry with a sublimely observant wit” – The Guardian
Since retiring from TV in April 2016 Henry has written and performed six BBC Radio 4 shows combining comedy, poetry and stories about bringing up his autistic son. His new book The Escape Plan contains selected poems from his previous seven collections from Flapjack Press and provides the title for this current tour.
“Shove up National Treasures. We need to make room for Henry
Normal” – Simon O’Hagan / Radio Times
If you have yet to discover Henry’s poetry and comedy check out his Radio 4 series A Normal Life. Then book your tickets below before they sell out.