The Dream Frequencies

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Over the last 12 months, our waking lives have changed beyond our imagining – and for many of us, so have the lives we lead during sleep.

During the UK’s first Covid-19 lockdown, musician and sound designer MJ McCarthy (Turntable) found himself regularly talking to his friends and family about their dreams; dreams which were getting more frequent, vivid, abstract, confusing, disturbing, and sometimes even liberating.

Inspired by these conversations and confessions, MJ set out to explore the liminal world of dreams in a series of interviews with a range of creative collaborators. Blending a polyphonic selection of excerpts from these interviews with an original score in three movements, The Dream Frequencies is an invitation to tune into an evening of sleep and dreams.

Journey with MJ and his contributors from dusk until dawn - from the unsettling to the bizarre to the soothing and back again - in this immersive audio theatre experience which transports listeners into the unknown and unexpected worlds inside the heads and under the eyelids of others.

Contributors include journalist Peter Geoghegan, comic Mark Thomas, writers Kirstin Innes and Cathy Forde, playwright and nurse Uma Nada-Rajah, poet Tawona Sitholé, storyteller Mara Menzies and theatremaker Isobel McArthur.

Meet the Dreamers.

The Dream Frequencies is available on Spotify, Acast and Apple Podcasts.

A transcript will be available for each episode.

The Dream Frequencies: From Dusk to Dawn (complete mix)
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Episode 1 - Dusk
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Episode 2 - Deep Sleep (Lockdown)

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Episode 3 - Dawn
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The Traverse Theatre is funded by Creative Scotland and The City of Edinburgh Council, with additional support from The Scottish Government Performing Arts Venues Relief Fund.

The Dream Frequencies is part of the Creative Community - Irish Theatre in Scotland series, a Traverse Theatre partnership with the Consulate General of Ireland, Edinburgh.

About MJ McCarthy

Michael John McCarthy is a Cork-born, Glasgow-based musician, sound designer & composer for stage & screen.

Michael John has toured internationally with Zoey Van Goey, Lord Cut-Glass and Aidan Moffat, and has played on albums by Emma Pollock, Alasdair Roberts, RM Hubbert, Trembling Bells & Bonnie Prince Billy, and Niall Connolly amongst others. He has worked on over 80 theatrical productions and has collaborated on the making of nine Scotsman Fringe First award winners. He has been four times nominated for the Critics Award for Theatre in Scotland in the category Best Use of Music & Sound. Work for screen includes the documentaries Where You're Meant To Be, Pitching Up, & Hey! Ronnie Regan. He is the creator & performer of Turntable, produced by Red Bridge, and his most recent album release is Sámh, currently available on Bandcamp. His new band Album Club are due to release their debut LP on Last Night From Glasgow in 2022.

You can find out more about, and listen to, some of MJ's work at

The Dreamers

Cathy Forde, writer
Peter Geoghegan, journalist
Kirstin Innes, writer
Isobel McArthur, theatremaker
Mara Menzies, storyteller
Uma Nada-Rajah, playwright and nurse
Tawona Sitholé,
Mark Thomas, comic

Meet the Dreamers, and find out why MJ McCarthy selected them to contribute to the project.

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