by John Harvey

A modern magical fairytale exploring the weird and wonderful world of dreams. Created specially for the Gorgie Dalry area in Edinburgh, the show starred 200 local schoolchildren who made up four street wise choirs, taking it in turns to perform.

In the story, the choir is imagined by Wilberforce, a veteran of the street, the army, and a world he did not succeed in exploring. His companion is Maggie, an incurable romantic who can never quite understand what is going on. Looking for a warm place to sleep, Wilberforce and Maggie enter the old dream factory that has long lain desolate and deserted, but for the dream makers…

Just as the dreamers begin to run out of stories, up pops Kipper McCool and his bicycle. Kipper believes that, one day, he will be the best cyclist in the world, but it’s only a dream, or is it?

Cast
David Gallacher, Peter Grimes, Yonnie Howgill, Frank McConnell, Gerry Mulgrew, Barbara Rafferty, Graham Valentine
Plus 200 Edinburgh schoolchildren

The Band
Ian Johnstone, Michael Marra, Christopher Marra, Karen Wimhurst, Anne Wood

Director – Gerry Mulgrew
Composer/MD – Michael Marra
Writer – John Harvey
Designer – Gordon Davidson
Assistant Designer – Karen Tennent
Lighting – John Robb
Administration – Heather Baird, Maggie McKay

Director Gerard Mulgrew (who also appears as a Dr Caligari lookalike villain) and writer John Harvey have produced a delightful show on the shortest of shoestrings that manages adroitly to avoid those clichés which all too often become dubious stereotypes. Laughs there are aplenty, provided by acrobatic slapstick (Frank McConnell) remarkable stage machinery and assured character acting. Touching moments of pathos and sadness are counterbalanced by frenetic chases and exhilarating races, all accompanied by the deliciously anarchic, musically dexterous ‘Band’. And of course there is the Celestial Choir, 100 local school children, who as well as singing, perform the role of the chorus, and provide many of the sound effects.”
Scotland on Sunday, 1988