Conceived & directed by Tom Blackmore

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'The idea of fundamental human rights is one in which I firmly believe.'

David Maxwell Fyfe

Dreams of Peace & Freedom is a moving piece of theatre exploring the birth of modern human rights.

The writings of David Maxwell Fyfe, Nuremberg prosecutor and champion of the European Convention,

intertwine with musical settings of the poets who inspired him, with a back drop of archive film, images and words.




For the twin anniversaries of the Nuremberg War Crimes Trials (75 years) and the signing of the ECHR (70) in November 2020 a tour of seven centres was planned, which would have launched in Edinburgh at George Watson's College during the 2020 Festival.


Instead, a series of online commemorative events centring on a film featuring a fully mastered recording, a podcast,

and an ebook scrapbook were produced. They can be explored at


For the 2021 Festival Fringe, a livestream performance was recorded and is online now at CtheArts.


We are presently exploring opportunities to stage the live show during the forthcoming year.






















No 5 in The Fringe Review 2014 Top 20 Music Show picks                Three Weeks Editor's Pick Week 2


'One of the most beautiful things I've ever heard...sublime' Musicaltalk


Dreams of Peace & Freedom contributes to the debate about the future of human rights in the UK.

Three weeks Interview

Read Tom Blackmore's interview with Three Weeks.

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'It was magical'

Julia Bryan, Senior Education Manager,

National Museums, Liverpool

'An amazing and really important piece of work... the most incredibly stimulating piece of history. Stunning.'  

Baroness Helena Kennedy  Principal Mansfield College

'The show was fantastic'

Henrike Claussen,

Director, Memorium Nurnberger Prozesse

'Your performance was wonderful.  Everybody was impressed and moved.'  

Dr Astrid Betz, Memorium Nurnberger Prozesse


Dominic Grieve QC MP

'A wonderful and meaningful performance'

Professor Francesca Klug OBE

Read Tom Blackmore's interview in BuzzFeed

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'A profound and beautiful performance'

Jonathan Cooper OBE City State of Totnes

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MusicalTalk's Thos Ribbits has followed the development of Dreams of Peace & Freedom since he first saw it in 2014.


Hear his discussion with Sue Casson last summer on the release of the new recording at MusicalTalk Redux.


You can hear their first  conversation from December 2015 at MusicalTalk Mini.

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