ELVIS MCGONAGALL
one man & his doggerel

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What some have said: -

"A Fringe debut that is everything it should be: funny, angry and tightly written....McGonagall combines anger, polish and carefully crafted verse in a way which recalls John Cooper Clarke" (****The Scotsman review of "One Man And His Doggerel" at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival - Gilded Balloon, August 2009 - CLICK HERE TO SEE FULL REVIEW)

"......verses shot through with a moral umbrage and rhetorical power....this hour is a bracing throwback to the days when comedy made room for militant eccentrics with a knack for scansion and a bolshie hankering to change the world" (****The Guardian review of "One Man And His Doggerel" at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival - Gilded Balloon, August 2009 - CLICK HERE TO SEE FULL REVIEW)

“….if poetry is the new rock ‘n roll then Elvis….is Elvis” (Steve Larkin, Hammer & Tongue)

“….very brilliant….political ….but side-splittingly funny” (The Reading Rant)

“….comic poetry with a stand-up charge coupled with intelligent leaps of the poetic imagination” (Shortfuse)

"....a tour de force....punchy, intelligent often hysterical poems....a must see" (The Latest)

"Elvis McGonagall does not wear specs or a monagall, but he looks good and stands up well on stage" (John Hegley)

"In London, nowadays, the pulses of high-born women quicken and they fasten their hands on their hearts at the very mention of him, so I hear" (Martin Newell)

"....a poet of panache and zip and steely politic and unadulterated tartan....a supreme concoction which bubbles over and scalds the status quo" (UK Touring)

“flamboyant….razor-sharp text….intense energy….reminds me of Adrian Mitchell, John Cooper Clarke and Linton Kwesi Johnson….all the right people” (Simon Vinkenoog)

The cheque's in the post Simon.

On the other hand, Rachel Cooke in “The New Statesman” said of Elvis’ first appearance on “Saturday Live” “….someone you’ve never heard of, whose every stanza sounds as if it was written by Les Dawson on the back of a fag packet”. Cheers Rachel!

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