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The Dreaming (Original Cast Recording)

by National Youth Music Theatre & Howard Goodall

The original 2003 cast recording of NYMT's musical THE DREAMING, composed by Howard Goodall, lyrics by Charles Hart, book by Charles Hart, freely based on William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream.
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1. Thursday's Children (feat. Jordan Metcalfe)
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2. Dream-Nights (feat. Tasha Sheridan & James Bisp)
3:27 $0.99
3. Cuckoo-Song (feat. Adam McKeown, Ben Beechey, Jonathan Scott, Oliver Llwellyn Jenkins, Simon Thomas & David Baker)
4:20 $0.99
4. Heart of the Wood (feat. Tasha Taylor Johnson, Matt Robertson, Jordan Metcalfe, Vally Pappalardo, Jamie Campbell Bower, Philippa Johnson, Roxanne Tataei, Daisy Boulton, Louisa Copperwaite, Cerian Forrest, Chiké Okonkwo, Lily James & Fionn Cox-Davies)
9:52 $0.99
5. Love-in-Idleness (feat. Matt Robertson, Ollie Pengelly, Jordan Metcalfe, Jamie Campbell Bower, Clement Leek, Oliver Sones, Barney Evans Doran, Nik Waterman, James Nitti, Gregg Lowe, Alastair Kirby & Fionn Cox-Davies)
4:59 $0.99
6. Night & Silence (feat. Tasha Taylor Johnson, Roxanne Tataei, Philippa Johnson, Vally Pappalardo, Matt Robertson, Antonia Thomas, Ellie Kirk, Catherine Pollock, Hannah Scanlon, Sophie Rose, Lily James, Daisy Boulton, Sophie Cookson, Millie Fancourt, Cerian
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7. Jennifer I (feat. Ben Barnes & Sarah Brown)
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8. Act 1 Finale (feat. Chiké Okonkwo, Tasha Taylor Johnson, Adam McKeown, Simon Thomas, Dominic Tighe, Sarah Bird, Sarah Brown, Ben Beechey, David Baker, Oliver O'Donovan, Ben Barnes, James Bisp, Jonathan Scott, Oliver Llwellyn Jenkins, Jordan Metcalfe, Vall
7:12 $0.99
9. Under the Hill (feat. Matt Robertson)
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10. Jennifer II (feat. Sarah Brown, Ben Barnes & Dominic Tighe)
2:13 $0.99
11. Midsummer Madness (feat. Sarah Brown, Sarah Bird, Ben Barnes & Oliver O'Donovan)
4:28 $0.99
12. Catch Me If You Can (feat. Jordan Metcalfe, Ben Barnes, Sarah Bird, Dominic Tighe, Sarah Brown & Matt Roberston)
3:48 $0.99
13. Jack's Dreaming (feat. Jordan Metcalfe)
1:28 $0.99
14. The Dreaming, the Rising of the Sun (feat. Tasha Taylor Johnson & Matt Robertson)
8:24 $0.99
15. The Banner of St George (feat. Adam McKeown, Simon Thomas, David Baker, Jonathan Scott, Ben Beechey & Oliver Llwellyn Jenkins)
7:58 $0.99
16. Cheek's Dream (feat. David Baker & Jordan Metcalfe)
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Album Notes
Actor/singers: David Baker, Ben Barnes, Sarah Bird, James Bisp, Daisy Boulton, Jamie Campbell Bower, Sarah Brown, Ben Beechey, Sophie Cookson, Louisa Copperwaite, Fionn Cox-Davies, Barney Evans Doran, Millie Fancourt, Cerian Forrest, Philippa Johnson, Tasha Taylor Johnson, Alastair Kirby, Ellie Kirk, Clement Leek, Oliver Llwellyn Jenkins, Gregg Lowe, Adam McKeown, Jordan Metcalfe, James Nitti, Oliver O’Donovan, Chiké Okonkwo, Vally Pappalardo, Ollie Pengelly, Catherine Pollock, Matt Robertson, Sophie Rose, Hannah Scanlon, Tasha Sheridan, Oliver Sones, Roxanne Tataei, Antonia Thomas, Simon ‘Stingo ‘Thomas, Lily James, Dominic Tighe, Nik Waterman.

Band: Alex L’Estrange (musical director & piano), Tom Allwood, Jennifer Druce, Daisy Fancourt, Jodie Oliver, Matt Lyne, Geoff Taylor, Daisy Perrin, Antonia Wilmot-Smith, Dan Swana, Val Fancourt & Howard Goodall.

Recorded at Gateway Sound Recording Kingston-upon-Thames on 23 & 24th November 2002
Produced by Howard Goodall
Engineered by Steve Lowe Assisted by Gurjit Dihnsa

'The Dreaming' was commissioned and first performed by The National Youth Music Theatre in 2001.
Stage show directed by Jeremy James Taylor and Russell Labey
it was first performed at Northcott Theatre, Exeter in August 2001. Subsequent performances by NYMT over the next year took place at The Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House Covent Garden in December 2001 – January 2002, at Guildford’s Yvonne Arnauld Theatre in August 2002, and at The Edinburgh Festival Fringe, at the George Square Theatre in August 2002. it was revived by NYMT at Tonbridge Arts Festival in 2007, at the Rose Theatre in Kingston in 2012 and 2013. It has had many regional productions in the UK since 2001 and has had productions in Australia, The Netherlands, South Africa and, in November 2016, it had its first performance in New York at the Chain Theatre. In September 2014 it had its professional off-West End premiere at the Union Theatre Southwark.
Jeremy James Taylor wrote for its premiere programme the following:

‘Gordon Winter’s intriguing book, A Country Camera 1844-1914, which was the source of much inspiration for the look of this production, finishes with the most moving photograph of a huge, horse-drawn cart carrying 16 or so young men. The caption reads, ‘The first men leaving Calne, Wiltshire, for the forces in August 1914’. These might have been the young men of Midsomer Magna (or any small West Country community where the dreaming is set), photographed a few weeks after the midsummer celebrations of June 1914.
The caption goes on to state: ‘They sat here for a minute or two in the sunshine to have their photograph taken; not much troubled about the future, knowing that what they were going to do was right, and anyway that it had to be done. We do not know how many of them – perhaps one should say how few of them – came back. We know only too well that the cream of their generation of countrymen died before they had time to reproduce themselves and to hand on their qualities to another age. But for those who did return, rural England had changed beyond recognition, and was never to be the same again.
The Dreaming was about to end.’

THE DREAMING takes us back to a period when a belief in spiritualism was at its height. In 1917, two Yorkshire girls, Elsie Wright and Frances Griffiths even managed to fool Sir Arthur Conan Doyle creator of super sleuth Sherlock Holmes, into believing they had photographed fairies at the bottom of their garden.

Frances explained, “The first time I ever saw anything was when a willow leaf started shaking violently, even though there was no wind, I saw a small man standing on a branch, with the stem of the leaf in his hand, which he seemed to be shaking at something. He was dressed all in green….. They were real fairies. Some had wings and some not…. They were once sitting in a patch of sunlight on a low bank…. It all seemed so peaceful and friendly…. Sometimes they came up, only inches away, but I never wanted to join in their lives.”

The hoax wasn’t explained until 1982, when the pair finally admitted to photographing paper cut-outs supported by hat-pins. The Cottingley Fairies photographs fetched £6,000 at auction earlier this year, surely an indication that people still wish to believe in them.

“…..the solar cult, of which Stonehenge and Avebury are the outstanding monuments, left also long-lasting memorials in human behaviour. On Midsummer Eve, large bonfires were constructed, and atmidnightthey were lit. It is said that not many centuries ago a dozen could be seen at a time, blazing in the villages, and round them were figures moving in rhythm, young men and garlanded girls, dancing and tossing violets and verbena into the flames…. Enough to say that this dying Festival of Fire persisted even into the last century, and still betrayed in its keeping….the worship of the sun…in many lands there were men and women bathing themselves and washing in the dew at the instant of sunrise…even the ‘Cloth’ had been known to foot it in honour of the sun…At Laughton in Yorkshire the Midsummer Fair was held in the churchyard. The church stands high on a hill, and the patron saint is St John. It even became accepted that the fires were kindled in his honour.”

Laurence Whistler, The English Festivals

“The return to the green chaos, the deep forest and refuge of the unconscious is a nightly phenomenon, and one that psychiatrists – and torturers – tell us is essential to the human mind.”

John Fowles, The Tree

“The vigil of St John comes on 23 June – his day is 24 June. On the evening of the 23rd, fires were lit, more for their smoke than for sparkling, crackling flames. The smoke was purifying. It strengthened the magic of plants already magical, it strengthened against the powers of evil all those who jumped across the fire. The herbs of St John were picked on the morning of 23rd before sunrise, when they were still wet with dew – itself a magical and strengthening substance”

Geoffrey Grigson, The Englishman’s Flora

“The legend of St George and the Dragon is imply an expression of the triumph of the Christian hero over evil, which St John the Divine beheld under the image of a dragon."

Brewer, Myth and Legend

“It is still believed in Ireland that a ‘fiery bolt and dragon’ will, on a St John’s Eve that falls on a Friday, pass through the land…. Destroying in its path three-fourths of the people.”

Elenor Hull, Folklore of the British Isles

“They say that many years ago there was a wondrous flower… which was as rare as it was marvellous. It bloomed only on St John’s Night (some say under a fern) between the hours of eleven and twelve; but when the last stroke of twelve was struck, the flower vanished away… and no man every yet plucked it unless he had been set apart by Providence for the task. To him who was lucky enough to cull it, the flower revealed all the treasures of the earth….”

Lady Frazer, Leaves from the Golden Bough.

“…And while I stood gazing, both the children gradually grew fainter to my view, receding, and still receding till nothing at last but two mournful features were seen in the uttermost distance, which, without speech, strangely impressed upon me the effects of speech: ‘We are not of Alice, nor of thee, nor are we children at all…We are nothing: less than nothing, and dreams. We are only what might have been…”

Charles Lamb, Dream Children, a Reverie



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