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Dreams Of Peace And Freedom (English Cabaret in association with C theatre)

By | Published on Tuesday 12 August 2014

David Maxwell Fyfe prosecuted Nazis at Nuremberg and helped draft the European Convention on Human Rights. Conceived by his grandson and performed by several members of his family this gentle song cycle features lyrical piano and pleasant, occasionally exquisite singing. The music is interspersed with fragments of poetry, extracts from Fyfe’s correspondence and even a passage from the Magna Carta. These fitting texts are given a spirited delivery by the young performers, while Sue Casson’s compositions are delicate and uplifting. Given the complex subject, it’s perhaps a little light, and those without a special interest in post war politics might want more detail than the brief introduction provides. Still, it’s a fine tribute to an idealistic and important figure.

C south, until 25 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Dave Fargnoli]