Dream within a Dream

Dream within a Dream

Acorn Theatre, Penzance, Cornwall

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Many thanks to those who attended the first evening of Dream within a Dream last night at The Acorn, Penzance.

You were a quality audience and it was so nice to be able to interact with you – that’s the nice thing about smaller, intimate shows.

As we explored in the show Edgar Allan Poe is arguably the Master of the Macabre, the Grandfather of Gothic, with his dark tales which have touched and continue to touch the hearts, minds and dreams (nightmares) of those who read hid works.

In response to two questions from last nights show…

a) Where did I get the sound clip of Christopher Lee reading The Raven?

Well it comes from a series of recordings Mr Lee did based on the Edgar Allan Poe stories and poems. Here’s a Youtube clip ..

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b) The question about the Poe Toaster…

 

Well here’s the outline..

Edgar Allan Poe’s Toaster

Each year since 1949 (hundred years after Poes death) on the 19th January (the anniversary of Poe’s birth) a figure dressed in black appears in the Baltimore cemetery where Edgar is buried..
poetoasterwebWith his face hidden beneath a wide-brimmed fedora, the visitor carefully lays a bottle of expensive French cognac and three blood-red roses on the grave before slipping silently into the night.

 

Occasionally, he leaves a note.

 

One read simply: “Edgar, I haven’t forgotten you.”

 

In 2012 the Toaster failed to appear for the second year running – seemingly the ending of this tradition….

 

 

The Toaster was never identified and tho’ some claimed to be him, those who had witnessed the Toaster over the decades could tell they were fakes … they were not The Toaster in neither grace nor demeanour.

 

In 2015 Maryland Historical Society organized a competition to pick someone to take up the mantle. The new Poe Toaster, as the office is known, was selected from among candidates who performed tributes anonymously …

 

On January 19th 2016 wearing all black with the broad brim of a hat to preserve his anonymity, a man stepped up to Edgar Allan Poe’s gravesite to resurrect the tradition of toasting the long-dead writer on his birthday.

 

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During the homage the Toaster announced …

 

Cineri gloria sera venit

Fame comes too late to the dead.

There are TWO OPPORTUNITIES left this month to see the Dream within a Dream Show based on the Poems and Stories of Edgar Allan Poe…

13th August  :  The Arts Club St Ives details from Maria 07748 032907

18th August : Lane Theatre, Newquay   Box Office 01637 876945

A Dream Within A Dream

 

Published 1850

Take this kiss upon the brow!

And, in parting from you now,

Thus much let me avow —

You are not wrong, who deem

That my days have been a dream;

Yet if hope has flown away

In a night, or in a day,

In a vision, or in none,

Is it therefore the less gone?

All that we see or seem

Is but a dream within a dream.

 

 

 

I stand amid the roar

Of a surf-tormented shore,

And I hold within my hand

Grains of the golden sand —

How few! yet how they creep

Through my fingers to the deep,

While I weep — while I weep!

O God! can I not grasp

Them with a tighter clasp?

O God! can I not save

One from the pitiless wave?

Is all that we see or seem

But a dream within a dream?

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