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English Cabaret in association with C theatre
Dreams of Peace & Freedom
by Sue Casson and Tom Blackmore
This moving cycle of songs and readings offers an intimate insight into the birth of modern human rights in Europe
As a prosecutor at the Nuremberg trials, Edinburgh-born David Maxwell Fyfe famously cross-examined Goering and subsequently became a champion of human rights and the European Convention.
The story is told in words from his personal letters and speeches, interwoven with choral settings of poetry that inspired him – in particular James Logie Robertson’s Non Semper Imbres and Rupert Brooke’s War sonnets, one of which he quoted to finish his closing speech at Nuremberg. The 8 haunting songs are written in 3 parts for girl’s voices, with a solo baritone. Conceived by Tom Blackmore with original music by Sue Casson, this is a timely and thought-provoking reminder of the seeds of an era-defining movement.
English Cabaret was formed by Blackmore and Casson with a mission to bring ideas to life through story and song. At last year’s Edinburgh Fringe the company premiered Albion Forlorn, a torch song for the state we’re in, and prior to that The Happy Prince enjoyed successful runs at London’s Bridewell Theatre and in Dublin after its 2012 Fringe appearance. Dreams of Peace and Freedom is one of three shows that English Cabaret is producing this festival, alongside English Cabaret Hour and a revival of The Happy Prince. Tom Blackmore’s intimate film history of the Nuremberg trials, Under an English Heaven, has just been completed and in the pipeline for the coming year are a new film, Instruments of Brilliance, and a revisiting of Two Tigers, Sue Casson’s musical on the life of Katherine Mansfield.
‘Witty and intelligent… the music and the lyrics complement each other very well and have something of the quality of both Sondheim and Victoria Wood’ Stage
‘It makes a fine evening – no sex, no violence, no reality’ Financial Times
‘Casson's witty lyrics and soaring melodies transform a simple morality fable into a poignant meditation on the nature of poverty, generosity and the illusion of theatre’ Big Issue
Venue: C south, venue 58, Edinburgh Festival Fringe Dates: 31 Jul-25 Aug (not 11)
Ticket prices: £8.50-£10.50 / concessions £6.50-£8.50 / children £4.50-£6.50
C venues box office: 0845 260 1234 / www.CtheFestival.com
Fringe box office: 0131 226 0000 / www.edfringe.com
For further information, images and interview availability please contact Tom Blackmore at English Cabaret on 07896 038248 / firstname.lastname@example.org or the C venues press office on 0845 260 1060 / email@example.com
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