John Hegley – singer, poet, stand-up comedian… children’s entertainer?

Mon 28th November, 2011 @ 3:41pm by deda

John Hegley – singer, poet, stand-up comedian… children’s entertainer?

Known for poems and songs about glasses, handkerchieves and the misery of human existence, on Saturday 3 December John Hegley presents Animal Alphaboat, an interactive show for families at Déda.

Using dance, song and hilarious poems, Animal Alphaboat is the perfect Christmas treat for adults and grown-ups alike.

Full of poetic genius and silliness, John will guide you on a hilarious trip through the alphabet visiting a menagerie of creatures along the way.

The audience will be invited to sing along. But not to dance. Much.

Always a huge hit at the Edinburgh Fringe festival, John’s unique approach to poetry, dance and song will leave children and adults enchanted.

John Hegley was last seen in Derby in March this year, when he presented The Adventures of Monsieur Robinet at QUAD.

John Hegley presents Animal Alphaboat at Déda on Saturday 3 December at 3pm. Tickets are £7 and are available from the Box Office on 01332 370911 or at


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Listings Information

Saturday 3 November 3pm

Animal Alphaboat

Presented by John Hegley

Tickets : £7

John Hegley

John Hegley was born in Newington Green, North London, and was educated in Luton, Bristol and Bradford University.

His first public performance monies came from busking his songs, initially outside a shoeshop in Hull, in the late Seventies. He performed on the streets of London in the early Eighties, fronting the Popticians, with whom he also recorded two sessions for John Peel, and has since been a frequent performer of his words, sung and spoken, on both local and national radio.

He has produced ten books of verse and prose pieces, two CDs and one mug, but his largest source of income is from stages on his native island. An Edinburgh Festival regular, he is noted for his exploration of such diverse topics as dog hair, potatoes, handkerchieves and the misery of human existence.


Déda is a unique venue located in Derby city centre offering a dance-focussed arts programme. The building houses two performance spaces, two professionally equipped dance studios, conferencing facilities and the CUBE café|bar.

With a class curriculum of almost 50 classes a week and an extensive community development programme Déda is one of the key cultural organisations in the city.

Déda receives funding from Arts Council England and Derby City Council.


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