The Beautiful Cosmos of Ivor Cutler
A journey through the mind of a unique Scottish Icon.
English Premiere at the Brighton Festival 2015
Conceived and directed by Matthew Lenton
Text by Sandy Grierson and the Company
Music by James Fortune and the band
Presented by Vanishing Point and National Theatre of Scotland in association with Eden Court
“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.”
The Beautiful Cosmos of Ivor Cutler is a musical and visual journey based on the songs, stories and poems of one of Scotland’s most iconic exiles.
A Jewish, Scottish, Londoner, Ivor Cutler was a wholehearted eccentric whose music and words range from the whimsical to the disturbing; had he been born in Russia he'd perhaps be a Daniil Kharms or a Gogol. Here, Mr Cutler stands alone.
A true maverick, Ivor Cutler was the only artist to have been played on Radios 1,2,3 and 4. He was signed by all the major record labels, influenced the Beatles and was championed by John Peel.
The Beautiful Cosmos of Ivor Cutler weaves together the music, prose, poetry and biography of Ivor Cutler to tell the story of a remarkable life, from birth, through boyhood, to old age and death.