A Theatre for Dreamers: An evening of words and music with Polly Samson and David Gilmour
Please note the dates have been postponed until 2021
5x15 PRESENTS - A THEATRE FOR DREAMERS
Friday 25th June 2021 – Manchester, Royal Northern College of Music
Saturday 26th June 2021 – Birmingham, Town Hall
Monday 28th June 2021 – London, Central Hall Westminster
Join Polly Samson and friends to launch her new novel A Theatre for Dreamers at an evening of words and music in Manchester, Birmingham and London.
Each of these special events will feature Polly Samson in conversation with journalist Rosie Boycott, readings, film and live music, including a new song "Yes, I Have Ghosts" written by David Gilmour and Polly Samson.
The audience will be transported to the Greek island of Hydra in 1960, and a world dancing on the edge of revolution, where a circle of poets, painters, writers and musicians live tangled lives. It’s a story of utopian dreams and innocence lost, of the troubled King and Queen of Bohemia, Charmian Clift and George Johnson, of a young poet named Leonard Cohen, and his Marianne; and of Erica Hart, an 18-year-old in search of answers.
**Ticket prices include a signed first edition of A Theatre For Dreamers and an exclusive portrait of Polly Samson and David Gilmour taken on Hydra and signed by them both.**
‘In A Theatre for Dreamers, Polly Samson goes to the Greek island of Hydra to imagine the first steps in the love affair between Leonard Cohen and his Marianne. As dreamily nostalgic as Cohen’s song Famous Blue Raincoat’ Observer, Fiction to look out for in 2020
‘It is a grand read and the prose falls translucently like the air … Superb work and a delightful novel’ Thomas Keneally
‘Polly Samson has created such a dazzling evocation of an era and its mindset. Here, the island of Hydra is a geographical place but a psychological one too, populated by beautiful and damaged characters who pull you down into its pages for another café gossip, another moonlit swim, another drink. This book is a bohemian idyll meticulously drawn, and unsparingly exposed. It is like going away to paradise, then coming back rather wiser. You don’t read this book – you live it’ Marina Hyde
Polly Samson is the author of two short story collections and two previous novels. Her work has been shortlisted for numerous prizes, translated into several languages and has been dramatised on BBC Radio 4. Her novel The Kindness was named Book of the Year by The Times and Observer. She has written lyrics for four Number One albums, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. Burning with the heat and light of Greece, A Theatre for Dreamers is a spellbinding novel about utopian dreams and innocence lost - and the wars waged between men and women on the battlegrounds of genius.
David Gilmour is guitarist, vocalist and writer with Pink Floyd, but is also renowned for his solo work. David's guitar playing, singing and song writing were major factors of Pink Floyd's worldwide success, including his distinctive vocals and guitar playing on The Dark Side Of The Moon, the third most successful album of all time. David is one of the all-time guitar greats, with an instinctive and distinctive sound; he was voted 'Best Fender Guitar Player Ever' in a poll in Guitarist magazine, beating such greats as Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton. In 2005, David was made a CBE for services to music. In 1996, Pink Floyd were inducted into the US Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, followed by the same honour in the UK in November 2005. In May 2008, David was awarded an 'Ivor' for Lifetime Achievement by the British Association of Composers and Songwriters.