Award winning poet and cartoonist team up in Teesdale
One of the UK’s best-loved wordsmiths will be teaming up with an award-winning cartoonist to perform a night of poetry and comedy in Teesdale.
The North Pennines AONB Partnership has announced that Yorkshire-born poet Ian McMillan, and Lancashire-born comic-strip writer Tony Husband, are bringing their stage show – A Cartoon History of Here – to Bowlees Visitor Centre on Friday, September 16.
Ian is a familiar voice on radio and TV. He presents The Verb every week on BBC Radio 3, and is a regular on Coast, Countryfile and The Arts Show. Tony is ‘Cartoonist in Residence’ at The Lowry and his work can be enjoyed every week in Private Eye, The Times and The Spectator, among others.
‘Breath of fresh air’
The show, which has been described as a ‘breath of fresh air’, with the pair being likened to comedy geniuses Eric Morecambe and Spike Milligan, is different every night as the two friends create poems and cartoons on the hoof, focussing on local tales and legends.
Chris Woodley-Stewart, Director of the AONB Partnership, said: “It’s great to have Ian and Tony perform at our visitor centre and we are really pleased to be able to bring such a well-travelled and well-loved show to Teesdale. These are two very funny and talented folk and I’m sure it’ll be a fantastic evening.”
The show is pitched at an audience aged between seven and 107, but there are limited tickets for the intimate performance in the former Methodist Chapel – with only 65 tickets on sale they are expected to be snapped up fast.
‘Exciting plans for evening events’
Nic Cullens, Visitor Services Officer with the AONB Partnership, said: “We have a lot of events at Bowlees and we thoroughly enjoy every one, but this is something quite special and quite different for us. We have lots of exciting plans for evening events at the Visitor Centre and this is an amazing way to kick things off’
The event starts at 7pm for soft drinks and nibbles and the performance starts at 7.30. Tickets are £14 and must be booked in advance. For tickets or further information please visit www.northpennines.org.uk or call Aimee Lee on 01388 528801.
Released: 30 June 2016