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The Dream Frequencies: Episode 3 - Dawn

Season 2, Ep. 4

Over the last 12 months, our waking lives have changed beyond our imagining – and for many of us, so have the lives we lead during sleep.


During the UK’s first Covid-19 lockdown, musician and sound designer MJ McCarthy (Turntable) found himself regularly talking to his friends and family about their dreams; dreams which were getting more frequent, vivid, abstract, confusing, disturbing, and sometimes even liberating.


Inspired by these conversations and confessions, MJ set out to explore the liminal world of dreams in a series of interviews with a range of creative collaborators. Blending a polyphonic selection of excerpts from these interviews with an original score in three movements, The Dream Frequencies is an invitation to tune into an evening of sleep and dreams.


Journey with MJ and his contributors from dusk until dawn - from the unsettling to the bizarre to the soothing and back again - in this immersive audio theatre experience which transports listeners into the unknown and unexpected worlds inside the heads and under the eyelids of others.


In this final episode, 'Dawn', the dreamers reveal further nocturnal experiences, including an awkward octopus extraction, a first encounter with sleep paralysis and the eventual emergence into wakefulness once more.


Contributors to this episode, in order of appearance, are comic Mark Thomas, journalist Peter Geoghegan, playwright and nurse Uma Nada-Rajah, theatremaker Isobel McArthur, writer Kirstin Innes, are storyteller Mara Menzies, writer Cathy Forde and poet Tawona Sitholé,


The Traverse Theatre is funded by Creative Scotland and The City of Edinburgh Council, with additional support from The Scottish Government Performing Arts Venues Relief Fund.


The Dream Frequencies is part of the Creative Community - Irish Theatre in Scotland series, a Traverse Theatre partnership with the Consulate General of Ireland, Edinburgh.

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