Monday, 25 April 2016

Bucharest, Bedford & Belfast - travels with my art

New Doctor Who companion? New Doctor Schmoo Companion! Here I am at the Bedford Who Charity Con with Sophie Aldred, just before the Scottish Falsetto Socks and she did a fun little Ace sketch as part of the Socks show at the con, which went down very nicely indeed thankyou. (If anyone got a video of our performance I'd love to see it) All part of a busy couple of weeks' travel which saw me, a couple of days earlier, in Bucharest.

Here's me having fun doodling on a flipchart as part of my two days of Comic Art Masterclasses at the British School in Bucharest, and here's my ridiculously accommodating host, librarian Tim who, with his family, took me out every night and made sure I was looked after every day.

We're in a Moldavian restuarant there, by the way. And I now know much more about Moldova, Moldavia, Romania and various parts of Eastern Europe than I ever did before. I didn't see much of Bucharest, but what parts I did see were characterised by rubbish pavements. I'm sure I'll get to redress the balance soon and see the better-paved parts of town. Until then, this is what I think Romania mostly looks like:

Before Bucharest, the previous week, I managed to squeeze in visits to Glasgow for the Sitcom Trials, Dartford in Kent for Comic Art Masterclasses, Doncaster for their Book Awards, and Sheffield to perform at the brilliant Cabaret Boom Boom with the Socks, while getting some Minnie The Minx scripts written inbetween times. The Book Awards looked like this:

(Left to right Talegate Theatre, myself, Pamela Butchart and Liz Pichon)

Then to bring us up to date I'm fresh back from a surprising short-notice gig at an 18th birthday party in Belfast, which I didn't even know about till three days before. Mr Whistle-Stop, that's me. Here's my venue:

Added to which excitement, tickets for the Socks' Edinburgh Fringe show have gone on sale already. Is this a record early sales start? (Don't know, I'll go and check, expect an update if I find anything). So it's all go here. How many air miles, I dread to think. From April 11th  - 24th I've flown to Glasgow & back, Bucharest & back, and Belfast & back. I've also proved my ineptness for booking some air tickets for next month - to the wrong country! (I needed to go to Belfast at the end of May, I'm currently sat here with tickets for Dublin. Idiot.)

The Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre do Shakespeare at the Edinburgh Fringe August 2016 - see the previews in your town!

May 8 - Derby Comedy Festival 5.30pm
May 19 - Old Joint Stock Birmingham
May 22 - Komedia, Brighton Fringe
May 28 - Ards Puppet Festival, Newtonards
July 3 - Derby Bar One 2pm 
July 8 - Flavel, Dartmouth
July 10 - Tring Festival 
July 14 - Market Harborough Theatre
July 17 - Greater Manchester Fringe 
July 21 - Barnes Fringe
July 22 - Bedford Fringe
Aug 3 - 29 - 10.30pm The Gilded Balloon, Edinburgh Fringe 

Kev F Sutherland, as well as writing and drawing for The Beano, Marvel, Doctor Who et al, runs Comic Art Masterclasses in schools, libraries and art centres. After a morning or an afternoon every pupil goes away with a photocopied comic containing a strip by every single one of them, and an individual caricature by Kev F. Please email for details, and follow him on Facebook and Twitter. View the promo video 

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