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Past Event

Vanishing Point & National Theatre of Scotland

The Beautiful Cosmos of Ivor Cutler

English Premiere

Conceived and directed by Matthew Lenton
Created by James Fortune, Sandy Grierson and
Matthew Lenton

‘A big grin of a show’ The Guardian **** ‘Funny, evocative and celebratory… blessed with excellent performances’ The Telegraph **** The Herald **** The Scotsman ****

Please note that any remaining tickets available for this event will be taken down from our website roughly 3 hours before the performance to be sold at the venue.

You are the centre of your little world and I am of mine
Now and again we meet for tea, we're two of a kind.
This is our universe, cups of tea.
We have a beautiful cosmos, you and me.

– Ivor Cutler

Journey through the mind of one of music’s most improbable icons. A true maverick, Ivor Cutler was signed by all the major record labels, influenced The Beatles, was championed by John Peel and was the only artist to have been played on Radios 1, 2, 3 and 4. 

Weaving together his music, prose, poetry and biography, The Beautiful Cosmos of Ivor Cutler tells the story of a remarkable life: from birth, through boyhood, to old age and death. Whether you’re already a fan or are exploring his music for the first time, this fantastical, feel-good show is created by the ever-inventive Vanishing Point (Tomorrow, Brighton Festival 2014, Interiors Brighton Festival 2012) and National Theatre of Scotland (The Strange Undoing of Prudentia Hart, Brighton Festival 2014).

Matthew Lenton (Director): 'I'd always thought of [our play] as being an anti-Mamma Mia. We wanted properly to illustrate what an eccentric Ivor was.' The Observer

Read full article here

The Beautiful Cosmos of Ivor Cutler from Vanishing Point on Vimeo.

Wed 13 – Sat 16 May, 7.30pm,
Sat 16 & Sun 17 May, 2.30pm
£15, £18.50, £22.50
Under 26s £15, Festival Standby £10
Members' first night offer £15

There is a £2 per order charge. Additional postage charges (50p standard or £1.50 recorded delivery) apply
Other info
Age 12+
Duration 2 hours including interval

Post-show discussion Sat 16 May after 7.30pm performance
BSL interpreted performance Fri 15 May
Audio described performance Sat 16 May, 2.30pm

In association with Eden Court, Inverness
Supported by Scottish Government, Creative Scotland & Glasgow City Council