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You Are Cordially Invited to the Life and Death of Edward Lear

By The Winding Sheet Outfit

Created by The Winding Sheet Outfit

There once was a man who drew parrots/ And wrote many poems of merit/ We'll look in his mirror/ And find life is dearer/ Existence so sweet none can bear it.
The creators say this show is appropriate for ages 16 and up
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A new work from the award-winning creators of Blood Nocturne (MN Fringe 2018) andThe Memory Box of the Sisters Fox (MN Fringe 2017).

Full title: 

You Are Cordially Invited to the Life and Death of Edward Lear: Poet, Illustrator, Composer, and Melancholy Hypochondriac OR What is a Runcible Spoon: An Absurdist Eulogy and Existential Crisis on the Stage.

That pretty much sums it up. And doesn't really cover it at all. 

This is our friend, Edward.


Mr Abebika kratoponoko Prizzikalo Kattefello Ablegorabalus Ableborinto phashyph or Chakonoton the Cozovex Dossi Fossi Sini Tomentilla Coronilla Polentilla Battledore & Shuttlecock Derry down Derry Dumps.

(His invention, not ours.)

Spoiler: He is dead.



The Winding Sheet Outfit is delighted to return to the Minnesota Fringe Festival.  Keep track of us, and you'll be rewarded.

(click the compass to follow us)


Interested to learn more about Edward Lear? Here's some of our research material!

Commercial Photography

This is Kinchinjunga from Darjeeling, his highest commission.

(click the image to be whisked away to a collection of Eddie's work)

Mr. Lear: A Life of Art and Nonsense by Jenny Uglow

Inventing Edward Lear by Sarah Lodge (and its aural companion site,

And, of course, Edward's very own, never out of print Book of Nonsense.
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