Legendary comic creation Lobey Dosser rides again

THERE'S still time to buy tickets for a stage version of the life and times of one of Glasgow's favourite cartoon characters.

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The Lobey Dosser story is being told at Partick Burgh Hall
The Lobey Dosser story is being told at Partick Burgh Hall

Bud Neill's legendary Evening Times comic strip creation Lobey Dosser is being brought back to life for his legion of fans for one day only - today at Partick Burgh Hall.

The play, with two performances at 2.30pm and 7.30pm as part of the West End Festival, is the idea of local playwright Duncan Comrie.

In his re-enactment of the story of Partick-born Bud, Duncan will take audiences on a trip to outer space.

In Bud's cartoon strip, which ran in the 1940s and 1950s, Lobey was cowboy sheriff of the mythical Calton Creek.

In Duncan's new play, Bud Neill's Lobey Dosser Rides Again, the whiskered sheriff is called to investigate a dodgy mission to Venus where villain Rank Bajin has a lucrative government contract to transmit energy back to Scotland.

Along the way he is reunited with his old cartoon side-kick, the GI Bride, Annie, and new character Clementine, a humanoid robot.

The show is in the style of a radio programme and has been inspired by Eric Idle's What About Dick?, says Duncan.

He said: "We have regenerated Lobey Dosser, in the Doctor Who sense.

"It's a way of celebrating Bud Neill's art and his wit. When I wrote the play I was trying to keep the tone of Bud's humour but make it come alive for a new generation.

"The whole thing is done very tongue in cheek, just like Bud's original stories."

Anyone not familiar with the name Lobey Dosser will likely have seen either of the two bronze statues inspired by the cartoon strip in Glasgow: on Woodlands Road and at Partick train station.

A £20,000 public appeal in our sister paper The Herald funded the statue in Woodlands Road, created by Tony Morrow and Nick Gillon.

Duncan added: "If people want to know more about why these statues are here in Glasgow they can come along and get an idea of why the humour was so attractive to previous generations."

Tickets, £5, from Hillhead Library or www.mightyfinetheatre.co.uk


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