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Henry Normal – A Normal Universe

Thu 30 May, 7:30pm at Copper Auditorium

Tickets: £12 (£10 concessions)

Better known as co-writer of award-winning TV and film shows such as The Royle Family, The Mrs Merton Show, The Parole Officer, Coogan’s Run, Paul Calf and producer of amongst many others Oscar nominated Philomena, Gavin and Stacey, Moone Boy, Uncle and Alan Partridge, Henry recently returned to his first love: poetry. He is quickly establishing himself once again as a headlining poet at Literature Festivals, theatres and other venues. His poems have recently appeared in the Guardian, regularly on his BBC Radio 4 shows and are promoted widely by the National Autistic Society and other charities for which he works.

Over the past few years Henry has written and performed 5 episodes of an award-nominated occasional series for BBC Radio 4 combining jokes, storytelling and poetry. In this new show, Henry explores our relationship to the vastness of the universe throughout eternity and beyond with the aid of a very big microscope and some dodgy rhymes. This is one not to be missed!


Succinct, heartrending and peppered with gentle punchlines’ Hannah Verdier, The Guardian

‘The Alan Bennett of poetry’ The Scotsman

‘Dovetails bittersweet poetry with a sublimely observant wit’ The Guardian

‘A mixture of the absurd and downright wacky…a gentle giant of stand-up poetry’ The List

‘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

“Witty and uncannily accurate with his observations”The Stage

“Distinctly funny”Time Out