Learn the difference between a dog and a deckchair

Festival 2004:John Hegley'Pic.... Neil Hanna
Festival 2004:John Hegley'Pic.... Neil Hanna

FUNNYMAN, songwriter and poet – John Hegley can entertain audiences in any genre.

He visits the Eastgate Theatre on Saturday, August 13, with his interactive family show Animal Alphaboat.

A spokesman for the show said: “Join John as he examines the daily routine of a bumble bee and discovers the differences between a dog and a deckchair in this hour of song, belonging and unicorn creation for anyone over six.”

Born in north London, John, pictured left, was educated in Luton, Bristol and at Bradford University.

His first public performance monies came from busking his songs, initially outside a shoeshop in Hull, in the late 1970s.

He performed on the streets of London in the early ’80s, 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.

An Edinburgh Festival regular, he is noted for his exploration of such diverse topics as dog hair, potatoes, handkerchiefs and the misery of human existence.

An occasional DJ, dancer and workshop leader, John has also been awarded an honorary Doctorate of Arts from the University of Bedfordshire.

Animal Alphaboat starts at 12.30pm and tickets cost £10 (£5 child).

Phone 01721 725777 for more details.