The man responsible for this Rainbird play ever coming into being is without doubt Dave Young. OK. I wrote it, but without Dave it is unlikely it would ever have happened.

I went to hear his lecture on the artist almost three years ago and was hooked.

Dave was also responsible raising the £6,500 which meant the impoverished pauper’s grave where the painter had resided for 80 years in Preston Cemetery could be given a proper headstone.  And the details he gave me on Rainbird’s life have proved invaluable.

This Tuesday (April 17) Dave Young is repeating his lecture on The Life of Rainbird at 7.30pm at the Exchange, Howard Street North Shields, where the play will take place next week.  After the talk, me and Dave will be engaged in discussing the play itself.  Nor does the association end there.  The production of the play employs eight professional actors and two support actors one of whom is–Dave Young.

Anyway, Tuesday’s event (which includes many projected slides of Rainbird’s paintings)

costs a fiver, but is free if you’ve bought tickets to the play, so you’d be daft not to go.

North Shields doesn’t boast of many cultural heroes or heroines and for Rainbird the recognition has been a long time coming.  He was brought up less than a mile from where the lecture and the play take place, it’s a North Tyneside theatre company and a North Tyneside based writer, so you might say this is truly a home-grown creation.

Peter Mortimer

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