A play in counterpoint
The Dream Train was Magnetic North's debut in Autumn 1999. Commissioned by the company from legendary Scottish playwright and musician Tom McGrath, the play took its form from Bach's Goldberg Variations and its character from the two recordings of them by Canadian pianist Glenn Gould - the first young and brash, the second older and profound.
"In a castle somewhere on Scotland's east coast, a moth-eaten baron obsessed with the music of Bach struggles to sleep. He is tended by a strange androgynous figure, sometimes the young 18th century pianist Goldberg, sometimes a beautiful young girl who seems to love him; meanwhile, on a train lumbering up the same coast, the baron's beautiful but ageing wife meets an intensely attractive young man heading for the same station. For 90 minutes this quartet of characters weave their way in and out of one another's dreams and realities."
Joyce McMillan in The Scotsman
We planned to perform a new version of The Dream Train with live piano to celebrate our 21st birthday in Autumn 2020 - we hope this will now take place some time in 2021.
|Written by||Tom McGrath|
|Lighting Designer||Renny Robertson|
|The Baron||David Gallacher (1999) / Simon Scott (2000)|