The Beautiful Cosmos of Ivor Cutler

The Beautiful Cosmos of Ivor Cutler

A Jewish, Scottish, Londoner who was born in Glasgow, Ivor Cutler was a wholehearted eccentric. He stood alone as the only artist to have been played on Radios 1, 2, 3 and 4, championed by John Peel, signed by all the major record labels, and influenced the Beatles. The Beautiful Cosmos of Ivor Cutler weaves together the music, prose, poetry and biography of this remarkable figure to tell the story of his life - from birth, through boyhood, to old age and death.Whether you are already a fan or curious to explore his music and life story for the first time, The Beautiful Cosmos celebrates the work of a unique Scottish artist in a production by the ever inventive Vanishing Point in collaboration with the National Theatre of Scotland.

  • 9 Apr 2014 @ 7.30PM
  • 10 Apr 2014 @ 7.30PM
  • 11 Apr 2014 @ 7.30PM
  • 12 Apr 2014 @ 2.30PM
  • 12 Apr 2014 @ 7.30PM
  • 15 Apr 2014 @ 7.30PM
  • 16 Apr 2014 @ 7.30PM
  • 17 Apr 2014 @ 7.30PM
  • 18 Apr 2014 @ 7.30PM
  • 19 Apr 2014 @ 7.30PM


    Previews 9 April
    Captioned 12 Apr, 2.30pm
    Signed 15 Apr, 7.30pm
    Audio Described 16 Apr, 7.30pm
    Post Show Talk 15 Apr, 7.30pm

    Wheelchair Access
    Guide Dogs welcome
    Induction Loop


    “A big grin of a show”
    The Guardian

    “Funny, evocative and celebratory” The Telegraph

    “Exquisitely realised” The Herald

    “Splendid and charming tribute” Sunday Herald

    “Places [Cutler] firmly in the pantheon of great Scottish geniuses” The Scotsman

    “Strange, quirky and utterly charming” The Stage

    Five parts of Beautiful Cosmos divided for assessment by Gareth Vile via The Vile Blog

    “Does full justice to Ivor’s well-loved words.” Glasgow South and Eastwood Extra

    “a thoroughly informative and amusing look back at a colourful life” The Journal


    “He was a total original
    Musicians from Randolph’s Leap, BMX Bandits and Pearlfishers and comedy writer Sanjeev Kohli share their thoughts on Ivor Cutler in The Herald

    “I’d always thought of [our play] as being an anti-Mamma Mia”
    Matthew Lenton on The Beautiful Cosmos of Ivor Cutler in The Observer

    “it has a glint in its eye and a wink at the audience”
    The Scotsman

    “It is a fest for Cutler fans and, if you don’t know Cutler, it is an extraordinary introduction to his life and work”
    Musical Director James Fortune on BBC Online on bringing Ivor Cutler to a new audience

    • Cast & Creative Team
      Conceived and Directed by Matthew Lenton Created by James Fortune, Sandy Grierson and Matthew Lenton Text by Sandy Grierson, with the Company Musical Direction by James Fortune Design by Kai Fischer Sound Design by Mark Melville Costume Design by Jessica Brettle
    Running Time: 2 hrs 15 min (including 20 minute interval)