A SELL-out play by local funnyman Malcolm Stent has been immortalised on canvas.
And last Friday top selling artist Paul Horton - billed as ‘the modern day Lowry’ - handed a copy of the work to the Solihull actor and playwright.
The painting was inspired by Go and Play up Your Own End, a play written by Malcolm which premiered at Solihull Arts Complex in the 1990s.
The show was an immediate hit, drawing as it did on the nostalgia of growing up in the back-to-backs of 1950s Saltley.
It was revived this year for a nationwide tour and when it was staged at Birmingham Town Hall in March fellow Brummie Paul was in the audience.
“It just struck a chord with me, because although it was set in the 50s it was describing my childhood in the sixties growing up in Weoley Castle,” said Paul, who now lives in Harborne.
Inspired, the next day he started work on the visions depicted in the play, and the result is Go and Play up Your Own End the painting, a striking piece that immediately captures the vibrancy of Malcolm’s stage work.
Next, Paul decided to track down Malcolm to give him a copy, to discover that the Solihull funnyman had long been a fan.
“I was already a fan as when my daughter got married we gave them one of Paul’s paintings as a wedding gift, so to receive this from Paul, and to find out he was inspired by the play, is tremendously flattering,” said Malcolm, who can even recognise himself in the work. That’s me in the blue top as I’m a Blues fan,” he said. “And that old man over there, that’s Don Maclean and look, there’s Jasper Carrott too.”
The original work sold in days for £12,000 but there’s a limited edition print of 295 costing £450 each on sale at Castle Galleries in Mell Square and at Solihull Library where people can go along and see it.
Malcolm Stent stars in Aladdin at Solihull Arts Complex this coming panto season.