OVER the years, Ivor Cutler’s song Going In A Field has been recurring, often improvised, in Vanishing Point theatre company workshops.
It’s used to get the creative juices going apparently, and the refrain “we must do a show about Ivor” has often been voiced by the company’s artistic director Matthew Lenton and creative associate Sandy Grierson.
That aspiration comes to fruition in The Beautiful Cosmos of Ivor Cutler, which opens at the Traverse next Tuesday.
Speaking in a BBC 4 documentary in 2006, the late Ned Sherrin, who first encountered Cutler in the late-50s and signed him up for the Cliff Michelmore Tonight programme, described him as “highly individual and highly creative, possibly unique… something special.”
Billy Connolly once noted Cutler “captured driech, that depressing grey drizzly weather that seeps into you, like no-one on earth. ”
Cutler, the ultimate surrealist, performed with a deadpan delivery and lugubrious voice, captured by Grierson.
Grierson, who plays Cutler in the play, relishes his “wanton delight in the creation of awkwardness,” something he has captured with the help of Phyllis King, Cutler’s long time creative partner. Discover the essence of Cutler’s specialness next week. The Beautiful Cosmos of Ivor Cutler, Traverse, Cambridge Street, Tuesday-Saturday, 7.30pm, £15.50, 0131-228 1404