Roger McGough: Alive and Gigging (Beatles Fest Tenbury)

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The Regal Tenbury Wells is proud to lead on a weekend festival ‘Beatles Fest Tenbury: Before Abbey Road there was Teme Street…’ Celebrating 60 years since the Beatles played in Tenbury. This event is part of the weekend’s festivities.

Roger McGough, the ‘living proof of himself’ and President of the Poetry Society, not only helped kickstart the musical careers of Bob Dylan and Jimi Hendrix, but inspired hundreds, if not thousands, of young poets (well, quite a few), on their poetic journeys.

85 years old and at that awkward age now between birth and death, he puts on a brave face and takes to the stage for Tenbury’s Beatles Weekend with a show featuring new poems alongside old favourites.

The show takes audiences on a journey back to key moments in his life. McGough reflects on his Liverpool childhood prior to the Second World War, with memories and poems including ‘The Overall Winner’ and ‘Learning to Read’ and a throw-back to the ’60s and poems of the Mersey Beat. The evening will include the poem ‘To Macca’s Trousers’, celebrating the Beatles and the blue mohair pants that were given to him by Mike McGear, his band member, and the brother of Paul McCartney when they were both members of the hit Liverpool group The Scaffold. New verses have been added for ‘Lily the Pink’ which takes a playful update on the Scaffold’s 1968 classic.

As well as laughs, there will be poems about growing old, including ‘A Joy to be Old’, ‘A Cure for Ageing’ and ‘Let me Die an Old Man’s Death’, which aptly round up the new show.


Discount on every second ticket! Tickets are £17.50 but if you buy a pair of tickets it is reduced to £25! Discount applied at checkout.

Friday 14 April 2023


Regal Tenbury Wells


Regal Tenbury Wells

49 Teme Street, Tenbury Wells WR15 8AE

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