(Music from) Thomas De Quincey in Everton
- Astral 07DL
- Released: 2019
1. (Music from) Thomas De Quincey in Everton
Skyray – (Music from) Thomas De Quincey in Everton –
In 2015, I had two ideas for theatre plays, neither of which quite took root. One of these was ‘De Quincey in Everton’, a two-hander concerning Thomas De Quincey, 19th century pot-head author of Confessions of an English Opium-Eater and his time living in Everton on Merseyside. I envisioned the play taking place in a fog-filled temporal anomaly, the text – a spoken exchange between two men living in different centuries, both high on different drugs, both thinking the other a hallucination. Mamma Mia it wasn’t. In preparation for the pitch to the theatre, I recorded a 29-minute long ambient piece to underscore the reading*. *This isn’t a thing. No one with any experience of theatre does this.
This soporific recording has been lying dormant and unheard in my lap-top since then.
Paul Simpson – October 2019. X