Book and lyrics by John Farndon, Songs by John Farndon.
"Let me take you away from the trials of the day..."
The Dreamweaver interweaves the mixed up lives of group of contemporary Dubliners with the ancient Irish legend of the bard Ossian and his strange journey to Tir na n’Og, the fairy land of youth, to create a multi-layered tale in which reality, stories and dreams swirl to and fro, in a mix of song and dialogue, music and narrative, dance and visual media.
|Peace in my heart||John Farndon|
|Star of the morning||John Farndon|
|Down the waterfall||John Farndon|
|I can see the tears||John Farndon|
|Her name is Niamh||John Farndon|
Video by Abdirahman Cadani at Code Blue media, edited by Shoot You.
In the recordings here, 'The Closed Door' 'The Sleep of Winter' and 'This Baby Sleeps' were recorded in St Petersburg by Russian folk group Koleso. There is another version of 'This Baby Sleeps' recorded for the Beyond the Gate review on the Other musicals and songs page on this site. The other songs here were recorded at the Donmar Warehouse and the Royal Academy of Music.
|The Closed Door||John Farndon|
|The Sleep of Winter||John Farndon|
|Shooting Pinkoes||John Farndon|
|When I was young||John Farndon|
|Rule like Iron||John Farndon|
|Lighten up, Mr Stalin||John Farndon|
|This Baby Sleeps||John Farndon|
|Take off that uniform, Soldier||John Farndon|
|Seven Years Older||John Farndon|
|Our young men are dying||John Farndon|
In Love and War
Book and lyrics by John Farndon, Music by Marc Folan and John Farndon
“Oh yes, I have my pride!”
‘...In Love & War’ is a powerful original musical
in which love and betrayal in wartime France lead to the heart of a
modern political scandal. It is set partly in Occupied France in 1944
and partly in the 1980s, when Mitterand’s Socialists came to power
after long years of Gaullist rule.
At the centre of the story is socialist politician Henri
Dumas, whose iron-willed determination to fight for his ideals blinds
him to the effects of his actions around him – with tragic
As France undergoes the ordeal of Nazi occupation ”” when
no-one is certain who is collaborating and who is not – Henri and
Blanche de Laurette fall in love working together for the French
Resistance. But while Henri is out on a mission of sabotage, Blanche
is faced with an agonizing decision ”” and makes a sacrifice which will
blight both their lives, and come back to haunt them long after.
Almost 40 years later, when Henri has risen to become a defence
minister in Mitterand’s government, he concieves a fatal passion for a
young woman, only to become devastatingly engulfed by a
As the media and the public round on their one time hero, Henri learns to his horror at last about Blanche’s secret.
|I'm getting wise to you||John Farndon|
|You have to take a risk||John Farndon|
|Once you loved me||John Farndon|
|In this little town||John Farndon|
|I have my pride||John Farndon|