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The Mirror Beyond (Overture)

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Mirror_Front(left) cover of music score (Click to enlarge)

The Cambridge Automatic Theatre Society has creamed off the best talents from several companies which have enjoyed success in past years on the Edinburgh Fringe and at the Cambridge University Theatre.
Their new 1982 show show, The Mirror Beyond, was written by members of the Company led by Peterborough doctor Dick Cartmel. The show was first performed in Cambridge (Arts Theatre) then at the ‘Key’ (Peterborough) before moving on to the St. George Square Theatre (Edinburgh)

It presents a view into the future long after the nuclear holocaust, which seems to be more inevitable as each year passes, where mankind is locked into a desperate struggle for survival. Much of the pre-Armageddon technology has survived, and mankind has learnt to use it in a more adult manner. However, apart from a few small areas, our now beatiful planet has become a parched, hostile desert. Survival depends upon importing raw materials from the far reaches of the galaxy. Because of this will to live, a two-tier social system has evolved: the males developed into muscular beasts of burden, and the females into technocrats and the government.

Reproduction is via the eugenics laboratory, and is strictly controlled to prevent overloading the scanty resources. When a male rebel hijacks a spaceship and he and the pilot fall through a worm-hole in the space-time continuum, ending up in 20th Century Britain, they find some major differences and alarming similarities with their own world. Their odyssey ends up in a an unexpectedly disturbing denouement.

Add to this formula and excellent band playing a brilliantly original rock-score sung by the cast and you have The Mirror Beyond, one of the most inventive shows at FRINGE ’82…. THE SCOTSMAN

The Cambridge Automatic Theatre Society

Mirror_Cast_smallleft: The original cast of ‘The Mirror Beyond’ photo taken from possibly the only programme still in existence (CLICK TO ENLARGE)

The Cast (Edinburgh Festival)

Andrew Allison
Kerry Brown
Dik Cartmel
Dave Gifford
Trish Jerman
Ed Lazda
Richard Maryan
Paul Whehelan
Helen Greenwood

Mirror_Program-213x300(left – click to enlarge) The front of the official program (Edinburgh)

Music … … … … … … … … … Mel Stallwood
Lyrics … … … … … … … … … Dik Cartmel
Script … … … … … … … … … The Cast
Additional material… … … … Steve Littlefair
Director… … … … … … … … Kay Buttars
Stage Manager… … … … … …Carol Lapish
Lights… … … … … … … … … Pete Gascoigne
Sound… … … … … … … … …Martin Stansfield
Crew… … … … … … … … … Anthony Austin / Chee Wong
Front of House… … … … … Eric Khot and Hilary Page

The Band (on stage)

Cats_graphic-150x150Piano … … … … … … … … … … …Scott Gibson
Bass … … … … … … … … … … … Ben Groenevelt
Drums and Percussion … … … … …Chris Maitland
Guitars … … … … … … … … … …Chris Wong
Keyboards … … … … … … … … ..Mel Stallwood

…..at the midnight show the atmosphere was incredible, by the 2nd Act respectable people were jiving and head-banging in the aisles … … -FRINGE REVUE

 

The Angel of Derry

The music contained on the CD is a musical portrayal of a story called ’The Angel Of Derry’. Set in Belfast the story is about a nurse (Mary O’Connor) and Bill Woods. Mary (nicknamed Angel’) from Dublin plays the harp, and Bill plays flute/sax with a visiting British army band. Their inevitable relationship creates serious complications, especially when ‘Angels’ republican brother (Sean) is killed during a riot. The ensuing love story and apparent ‘miracles’ that happen around Mary creates sectarian mayhem, but the incredible heart-rending twist at the end almost solves the Irish problem….

I originally wrote the ‘Ireland’ theme as an anthem for my local area Teesdale some years ago, but soon realised that the tune had a strong Celtic soul crying out from somewhere within. I believe that much Irish music embodies a richness of culture and tradition which is fast receding in many countries. Irish music evokes passion, romance and nostalgia. All these things of beauty and art are sadly declining in the modern world. Although I am an enthusiastic jazz pianist I have always unashamedly tried to write melodic and poetic tunes that tingle the soul a little. Unfortunately, perhaps, all the best Irish tunes have probably already been written, but I sincerely hope that this CD will make a refreshing contribution to the existing repertoire, at least bring someone a touch of pleasant listening (if I ever get round to releasing it).

I saw a rainbow in the sky, I saw a white dove flying by,
Green leaves on the trees, Flowers and bees
And a rainbow appeared in the sky… Like an emerald…
Just like an emerald

I saw the orange men with the green
And there’s ne’er a gun to be seen
‘twas an angel that changed’ll the hearts of the people
And a rainbow appeared in the sky…
Like an emerald… was it all a dream?

I found the recordings (above) which were mixed on a Yamaha keyboard and when the ‘Angel of Derry’ idea was abandoned I eventually reworked some of the music into ‘Valley of the Ice Flowers’.

Suffer The Little Children (Angel’s Music Box)

(lyrics – Jane Stallwood)

Faces, so many changing faces
And all of them say something that is new to me
Just like an open painting
Canvas waiting, colour free.

Feelings, so many different feelings
And all of them are saying something new to me,
Life’s pathways lay unbroken
No steps taken, we are free

But we just see the world, through eyes forever blurred
For we don’t want to see or share
And we can’t bear the changes,
Nothing changes – life’s the same

Dying, see the children dying
Hopeless eyes that plead with you to let them see
That happiness is waiting
End of hating – set them free

You Will Never Know How Much It Hurt (Threads of Time)

(lyrics – Jane Stallwood)

And now the threads of time
Run through my broken dreams again
Too hurt to feel, to know what’s really true
Why do I hear the things my heart would never listen to.

To lose is not to die
But now I’m on my own again
I miss you so, but pride won’t let me show
How much it hurt to hide the pain inside and let you go.

To lose is not to die
And life would take my hand again
I’ll touch the stars that shine beyond the rain
And you will never know how much it hurt to let you go
And you will never know how much it hurt to let you go…

I try to understand
And watch you walk away from all we planned
But if you came back to me
Night would show the day to me (oh no)

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