Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Plenty of Bark and Bite; Reviews

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Plenty of Bark and Bite; Reviews

Article excerpt

Byline: BRUCE DESSAU

JOHN HEGLEY, Lyric, Hammersmith

HAS John Hegley stopped making a spectacle of himself? The usual references to glasses are still present and correct, but this time they are overshadowed by deeper emotional focal points.

The people's poet, Luton faction, can turn on a sixpence from misanthropic to philanthropic. A psychiatrist would have a field day if Hegley ever stayed still long enough to settle on a couch.

Onstage his angular body is forever darting about, playing a mandolin or guitar to accompany his Costello-meets-Morrissey yodel or simply pointing a school-teacherly finger at a coughing fan.

Hegley's tangled paternal relationship takes some unravelling. He recalls his dad making him cry, then elsewhere he confesses to sending his parents a banner saying he loved them. They wrote back that he needed help.

Most moving is Mything My Father, when he tells of making amends in a Greek church for missing his late father's requiem: "The candle I set light to now I set alight for him. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.