St Albans’ Company of Ten sounding out Stoppard

SOUND engineer Ian Crawford has raided his dusty vinyl collection to assemble the soundtrack for the next production by the Company of Ten, Rock’N’Roll by Tom Stoppard.

The play covers the era from 1968 to 1989 and begins with Velvet Underground’s Waiting for the Man and ends with U2’s I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For.

In between is some of the greatest rock music of the 20th Century. Ian said: “The chance to put together a soundtrack from a rich, eclectic bunch of world famous R’n’R artistes has been an absolute treat.”

The play, which opens tomorrow night (Friday) at the Abbey Theatre and runs until next Saturday, May 21, is split-screened between Prague and Cambridge and weaves politics and pop. Stoppard’s chronicle of intertwined Czech and English political and personal lives is punctuated with the rock music and stars of the time, designed to stir the memory of the audience.

Ian added: “One of the characters is a fan of Pink Floyd founder, Syd Barrett, and his solo number Golden Hair magically drifts in and out of the play. Other Pink Floyd numbers and some by The Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan, U2, Guns’n’Roses, Velvet Underground and the Beach Boys link the scenes.”

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