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The Cartoon History of Arnside...

John Freeman
Arnside Educational Institute will be one stop on a tour of The Cartoon History of Here in April, a live-action cartoon created by Yorkshire poet, broadcaster and comedian, Ian McMillan and several times Cartoonist of the Year, Tony Husband.

Described as "a fast-flowing, rapid-rafting adventure", two top funny men reflect upon local stories, legends, rivers and romance, presenting poems and cartoons to go, offering comedy, cartoonery, poetry and improv in a hilarious live-action cartoon of the community starring its friendly folks, fantastic fortunes, dazzling ambition and tenderest moments.

Described as "The John Peel of poetry" by Alec Finlay and as "the hunter-gatherer of the spoken word..." on BBC Radio Cumbria, Ian McMillan hosts weekly hit radio show The Verb. He’s Yorkshire Planetarium’s Poet in Space, Poet-in-Residence for The Academy of Urbanism and Barnsley FC, Humberside Police’s Beat Poet, Yorkshire TV’s Investigative Poet and a regular on shows such as Newsnight Review, The Today Programme, Just A Minute and Have I Got News For You? His rip-roaring poetry shows are legendary. Cats make him sneeze. "‘He's one of my all-time heroes - he’s such a talented bloke, I could kill him" says Mike Harding.

Tony Husband, described by actor and broadcaster Griff Rhys Jones as "even funnier than me", is Cartoonist in Residence at The Lowry and a cartoonist for titles such as The Times, Private Eye and PR Weekly and whose latest book is The World’s Worst Joke. He's been awarded Strip, Gag and Sports Cartoonist of the Year no fewer than ten times by the Cartoon Arts Trust and won the 2005 Pont Award given in memory of the great thirties’ cartoonist for his depiction of British life. Tony also has a weekly strip in his local paper, The Tameside Advertiser, can be found in Who’s Who and says Ian makes him sneeze.

A Cartoon History of Here will be performed at the Arnside Educational Institute, Church Hill, Arnside at 7.30pm on Friday 24th April. Tickets: adult - £8, child - £4.50, family (2 adults and 2 children) - £19. The event is suitable for ages 9 and over, running time 80 minutes. Box Office: 01524 762254