Comedy Capers - an article and some photos courtesy of Robert Brooks from The Northumberland Gazette, September 2012
A stunning set of six giant portraits of the country's comedy greats by a north Northumberland artist have found a new home at the Alnwick Playhouse.
But it was no laughing matter delivering the jumbo artworks up into the auditorium where they are now hanging as part of a long-term exhibition.
Getting Eric Morecambe into Alnwick Playhouse proved to be a bit problematic - he had to be carried by two people for a start. And like Hattie Jacques, Tommy Cooper, Kenneth Williams, Sid James and Norman Wisdom, who all went up before him, he had to be bundled up the fire escape.
The six comedy giants are now proudly hanging in the auditorium for all to admire, but don't be alarmed. They're all super-sized portraits created by Alnmouth artist Viv Dykes, as part of a special exhibition called 'Carry on Dreaming'.
Viv has previously illustrated album covers for the likes of Alison Moyet and Johnny Mathis & Natalie Cole, as well as producing visuals for Wham! And Blur as part of London based design studio Stylorouge. And she's delighted that her latest works will now be on show to a home audience.
"It was thanks to an article in the Gazette back in January that I was invited to stage the Carry on Dreaming exhibition at the Bondgate Gallery at the Playhouse" said Viv, who has The Riverside Studio in Alnmouth.
"I'm very proud that I have been given the chance to exhibit these paintings in the Playhouse in my own home town - it's very special. Jo Potts and Nichols Stevenson from the Playhouse had the vision to imagine what impact they might have in the auditorium and I owe them a big Thankyou. I just hope they make people smile, which is what we all need at this moment in time".