Secular saint of the future


Tron (I kid you not) theatre company are staging a play about Delia Derbyshire [official site, Wikipedia] the co-composer / performer of the Dr. Who theme, amongst her other pioneering works at the Radiophonic Workshop [BBC, Wikipedia]

In their words:

“But there is much more to Delia’s story then one totemic piece of music. Through Delia, her creativity and personal life, the show will explore the imaginative landscape of post-war Britain, the advent of the space race and of psychedelia, the impact of mass broadcast media and of new technology on the creation of music, and above all what it was that made so many people in the 1960s look to the future for their inspiration”

Don’t know about you, but that’s a lot of my buttons pushed. I doubt they will tour Helsinki, however.

I love the picture of her* (above) that they have used for the promotional material for the play. Defiant stare, hugging the tech of her trade. A devotional image for disciples of futures past.

Our lady Delia of the tape-loop.

* I assume, perhaps it’s the actress that plays her in the production

0 thoughts on “Secular saint of the future

  1. I hope she gets the credit she deserves in the closing titles of the new Doctor Who series, unless Ron Grainer’s theme is getting completely reworked, which I doubt.

  2. There’s some interesting related web activity alongside the play, too – a call for submissions of Delia-inspired tracks for free distribution alongside the specially commissioned music for the play (Drew Mulholland’s piece is the best of that lot); and after each performance there’s a companion show of live or recorded electronic music that, roughly speaking, can be traced back to Delia’s work. Sadly, the best of these companion shows are being saved for the London run – Aphex Twin is pencilled in down South, I believe.

    Oh, and it’s Tron as in Trongate, not as in Tron ; )

  3. Indeed. And to elucidate further, Trongate is the steet on which the theatre is situated.

    They have a nice A0 size poster of that image in the bar, too…

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