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Howard Goodall

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  • Rising of the Sun.mp3

  • The Dreaming.mp3

  • Thursday's Children.mp3


Music by Howard Goodall with Lyrics by Charles Hart, based on A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare


THE STORY

Based on Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the dreaming  is another successful collaboration between Goodall and writer Charles Hart.  It translates the original play into a pre-WWI West Country idyll, where a small community moves between village and magical woodland in a score that is fuelled by English folk and choral traditions.

It is 1915, the eve of the summer solstice, and in a West Country village surrounded by woodland, the Lord of the Manor celebrates his coming of age as the villagers rehearse a midsummer Mummers play.  Unseen eyes gaze on from tree and bracken - the woodlanders, vagabond children, spirits of the forest.  Lost lovers roam there too, a quartet of bewildered wanderers, mismatched and confused.  How can the mysterious boy with the beguiling gaze serve these four?


INSTRUMENTATION

piano
synthesizer
saxophone/clarinet
recorder/crumhorn
percussion
double bass


MATERIALS

Vocal scores, orchestral parts and libretti are available for hire. Please see application pack. 

To view a perusal score please click here.


APPLICATION PACK

Application pack includes application form, song and character lists, terms and conditions and full costing details. Download your application pack below:

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Cast Size: Large (16+)

Genre(s): Musical Theatre

 
 

“Tim Rice once said that you need at least ten great numbers to make a successful musical. You more or less have those by the interval in this show.”

Daily Mail (Michael Coveney), 2002