Poetry and cartoons combine for top night of comedy

22 February 2017 1:11PM

Celebrated poet and broadcaster Ian McMillan and award-winning cartoonist Tony Husband team up for an evening of art and improv this March.

The pair will be at the Florence Arts Centre, in Egremont, on Friday March 3, where comedy, cartoons, and poetry will feature in a fast-paced live show.

These two top funny men reflect upon local stories and legends in a unique show created by the audience.

Suitable for audiences aged nine to 109, Ian and Tony will be taking stories and turning them into comedy gold - so audiences are asked to come ready with a tale or two to help compile A Cartoon History of Here.

Ian will be weaving these into his improvised tale-telling whilst Tony brings them to life in cartoon form.

Recognisable TV show panellist and presenter Ian is poet-in-residence for The Academy of Urbanism and Barnsley FC. He presents The Verb every week on BBC R3 and he’s a regular on Coast, BBC Breakfast, Countryfile, Pick of the Week, Last Word and The Arts Show.

He’s been a castaway on Desert Island Discs and is a regular roving reporter for BBC Radio 4’s The Today Programme. In the past he has been resident poet for English National Opera, UK Trade & Investment, Yorkshire TV’s Investigative Poet and Humberside Police’s Beat Poet.

Tony Husband is cartoonist-in-residence at The Lowry and he has been awarded Strip, Gag & Sports Cartoonist of the Year no fewer than 10 times by the Cartoon Arts Trust.

For his depiction of British life, he won the 2005 Pont Award given in memory of the great 1930s cartoonist. His latest book is Take Care, Son The Story of My Dad and His Dementia.

His cartoons appear regularly in The Times, Sunday Express, Golf International, The Oldie, Private Eye, The Spectator, Nursing Standard, TES, The Prescriber, Playboy and Punch.

The show on Friday March 3 gets under way at 7.30pm, and tickets are available in advance from the Florence Arts Centre.

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