(Music from) Thomas De Quincey in Everton –by Skyray.
In 2015, I had two ideas for theatre plays. One very nearly landed, the other didn’t quite take root. The latter 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 180-years apart. Both high on different drugs, both laying prone, both thinking the other a hallucination. Mamma Mia it wasn’t. In preparation for the pitch, I recorded a 29-minute long ambient piece to underscore the reading. This soporific recording has been lying dormant and unheard in my lap-top since then. All download monies will go toward the studio costs of the new Wild Swans album.
Paul Simpson – October 2019. X