Live cartoons and poetry - on the fly!

30 April 2013

Comedy and poetry fans will be in for a treat when an award-winning duo brings a highly acclaimed interactive show to Buxton Library on Thursday 6 June.

Ian McMillan and Tony Husband promise a live-action Cartoon History of Here inspired by audience input and local legends.

Poet, comedian and broadcaster Ian hosts weekly hit radio show The Verb, and is poet in residence for English National Opera, The Academy of Urbanism and Barnsley FC.

A regular guest on radio and television, he was featured with his own orchestra on The South Bank Show and was recently a castaway on Desert Island Discs. He was hailed as "one of today's greatest poetry performers" by celebrated British poet and playwright Carol Ann Duffy.

Not to be outshone, legendary Private Eye contributor Tony is cartoonist in residence at The Lowry and has been awarded Strip, Gag and Sports Cartoonist of the Year no fewer than 10 times by the Cartoon Arts Trust. Tony has a weekly strip in his local newspaper, The Tameside Advertiser, while his work has appeared regularly in publications including The Times, Sunday Express and The Spectator.

Strategic Director of Cultural and Community Services Martin Molloy said he was looking forward to the event:

"Ian and Tony's double act has attracted rave reviews from critics and audiences amazed by their ability to conjure up great poems and cartoons at the drop of a hat.

"The show promises a fast-flowing, rapid-rafting adventure in which the pair cooks up poems and cartoons to go, reflecting on local stories and legends."

The show starts at 7.30pm and is suitable for audiences aged seven to 107. Tickets are priced £6 for adults or £3 for under 16s and are available from the library service on 01629 533460. People can also pay on the door.

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