A man never knowingly understood

Photo by Katrina Lithgow
Photo by Katrina Lithgow

BEATLES fans may know him as Buster Bloodvessel from the trippy Magical Mystery Tour, while others will know him as a poet, songwriter and all-round eccentric wit.

For those who don’t know him at all, Vanishing Point and The National Theatre of Scotland — in association with Eden Court — present Ivor Cutler; the man, the artist and his beautiful cosmos.

The show is a journey through the mind of the Jewish, Glasgow-born Londoner whose songs, stories and poems have remained popular even after his death in 2006 (not least because they’re so weird and wonderful).

Ivor was the only artist ever to have been played on Radios 1, 2, 3 and 4.

He was signed by all the major record labels, friends with the Fab Four and championed by John Peel — but remained an eccentric exile all his days, riding his bike around London adorned in badges and handing out Cutlerisms (sticky notes with phrases printed on them, including never knowingly understood and kindly disregard).

The Beautiful Cosmos of Ivor Cutler — conceived and directed by Matthew Lenton — is a tribute to the man, weaving together back catalogue and biography to tell his story from birth, through boyhood and up to his relatively recent passing.

With a mind such as Ivor Cutler’s, it’s bound to be another magical mystery tour altogether...

The show runs at the Citizens Theatre April 9-19, 7.30pm (plus 2.30pm mat on April 12). Tickets £8-£19.50 from 429 0022 or www.citz.co.uk