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The tall and unannounced Maine man appears in a seemingly ordinary 1960’s English living room.

He is the high chaperone and bringer of a grandmother who has not seen her stamp-collecting son for decades; her grandchildren, never.

His reuniting job done, this curious visitor hands the children each a ten-dollar bill says his goodbyes and is gone – off up the suburban street, into the evening and perhaps a hotel in the town centre on his horse.

(A hobby horse, in fact, given him by one of the children) Festival and radio regular John Hegley returns with a story of family, fantasy, love, loss – and the long unseen son’s stamp album. A Caravaggio and a wry dry stone-waller are also thrown into the mixture. The show contains a good deal of yet-to-be-published material alongside some back catalogue favourites.

Devised for adults but not unsuitable for the odd nine-year-old. Drawings will be provided. But not biscuits.

‘Let me tell you what my Pop said to me, Ma’am, “Depression?.. Get over it! America had to.”’

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John Hegley: An American in Luton

Fri 1 November


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