Thursday 14th May 2020
LOCKDOWN CULTURE WITH MARY BEARD

Mary Beard's Lockdown Culture series continues tonight on BBC Two at 7.00pm and features the Von Trapped family.

Monday 11th May 2020
VON TRAPPED FAMILY LIVE STREAM #6



Here's the high quality version of last Thursday's live stream, in which David discussed his childhood friendship with Syd Barrett and played two of Syd's songs. Thanks to David for putting the hi-res film together.

Thursday 7th May 2020



Rehearsals underway for tonight's Von Trapped Family livestream (7.00pm BST / 2.00pm ET) at https://www.facebook.com/pollysamson. Send questions!

Thursday 7th May 2020
DAMIAN BARR'S LITERARY SALON – APRIL 2020



Polly Samson and family regaled us with exclusive readings and a Q and A at our very first live online Salon, relocated from the Savoy, attracting 50,000 viewers from around the world!

Monday 4th May 2020



Polly spoke to K9 Magazine about the dogs who've captured her heart over the years and how they broke all the rules with their newest rescue dog, Barbounia.

Thursday 30th April 2020

Please join us at https://www.facebook.com/pollysamson for tonight's Von Trapped Family live stream from 7.00pm.

Tuesday 28th April 2020
VON TRAPPED FAMILY LIVE STREAM #4



Here's the high quality version of Thursday night's A Theatre for Dreamers live stream, which had the theme of cooperation. Thanks to David Gilmour for putting it together.

Thursday 23rd April 2020

Please join us at https://www.facebook.com/pollysamson for tonight's Von Trapped Family live stream from 7.00pm. The theme of this one is cooperation/collaboration.

Saturday 18th April 2020
A THEATRE FOR DREAMERS – A THIRD STREAM OF WORDS AND MUSIC WITH POLLY SAMSON AND DAVID GILMOUR



Here's the high quality version of Thursday night's A Theatre for Dreamers live stream celebrating exactly 60 years since Leonard Cohen stepped foot on Hydra. You can order the book here. Thanks to David Gilmour for putting it together.

Thursday 16th April 2020

Back for another Von Trapped Family live stream with David Gilmour and our gang tonight on Facebook (8.30pm BST). We thought we'd broaden it out a bit, so if you have an interesting question for myself, David, Charlie, Romany or Janina, please post it on my Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pollysamson.

Tuesday 14th April 2020
A THEATRE FOR DREAMERS – A SECOND STREAM OF WORDS AND MUSIC WITH POLLY SAMSON AND DAVID GILMOUR

To celebrate her new novel A Theatre for Dreamers entering The Sunday Times' Bestsellers list at No. 2, Polly Samson and her 'Von Trapped Family' have hosted another live stream of words and music while under lockdown.



The live stream opened with a harp and guitar duet by Romany and David Gilmour which is part of a forthcoming new song written for and about the novel. This week's stream featured readings from the book, questions from the audience and fascinating insights into the island of Hydra in 1960 including photographs by James Burke of the first public performance by Leonard Cohen.

During research for the book, Polly discovered the song that Cohen would have been playing in those photos was probably Fingerprints, which he later recorded for the album Death of a Ladies' Man. David Gilmour performed an exclusive version of the song during the live stream and closed out the evening with Leonard Cohen's Hey, That's No Way to Say Goodbye.

The streams are adapted versions of the special events rescheduled for September where the audience will be transported to the Greek island of Hydra in 1960, and a world dancing on the edge of revolution, where a circle of poets, painters, writers and musicians live tangled lives. It's a story of utopian dreams and innocence lost, of the troubled King and Queen of Bohemia, Charmian Clift and George Johnson, of a young poet named Leonard Cohen, and his Marianne; and of Erica Hart, an 18-year-old in search of answers.

Thursday 9th April 2020

Our Von Trapped family is back for a second #ATheatreForDreamers live stream tonight at 8.30pm BST / 3.30pm ET via https://www.facebook.com/davidgilmour.

Sunday 5th April 2020
A THEATRE FOR DREAMERS – A STREAM OF WORDS AND MUSIC WITH POLLY SAMSON AND DAVID GILMOUR

On the evening of Thursday 2nd April, Polly Samson and family celebrated the publication date of her new novel A Theatre for Dreamers with a live stream of words and music, which is now available on demand on her official Facebook page here.

The live stream was a truncated version of the special events rescheduled for September, and featured Polly Samson in conversation, readings, and very special performances by David Gilmour of the Leonard Cohen classics Bird on the Wire and So Long, Marianne.

The audience was transported to the Greek island of Hydra in 1960, and a world dancing on the edge of revolution, where a circle of poets, painters, writers and musicians live tangled lives. It's a story of utopian dreams and innocence lost, of the troubled King and Queen of Bohemia, Charmian Clift and George Johnson, of a young poet named Leonard Cohen, and his Marianne; and of Erica Hart, an 18-year-old in search of answers.



Thursday 2nd April 2020

A Theatre for Dreamers is out today. Due to the NHS clapping in the UK at 8.00pm tonight, the live streaming has been moved to 8.30pm BST / 3.30pm ET.



Wednesday 1st April 2020

#ATheatreForDreamers is out tomorrow (https://smarturl.it/atheatrefordreamers) and @DavidGilmour and I were meant to celebrate with a big launch event in London. With that postponed, we've decided to stream live from home instead. Do join us at https://www.facebook.com/pollysamson at 8.00pm BST on Thursday 2nd April.

Friday 13th March 2020

It is with great regret that the dates for A Theatre for Dreamers – An Evening of Words and Music with Polly Samson and David Gilmour have been postponed.

The dates have been rescheduled for September and all tickets are valid for the new shows.

Manchester RCNM
Wednesday 9th September



Birmingham Town Hall
Thursday 10th September



Central Hall Westminster
Friday 11th September




Ticket holders will be sent their signed books and photos week commencing Monday 30th March.

A THEATRE FOR DREAMERS BY POLLY SAMSON IS PUBLISHED ON THURSDAY 2ND APRIL BY BLOOMSBURY.

For details of refunds, please click here.

An intoxicating novel set on Leonard Cohen's Hydra in 1960, a place and a bohemian society that has captivated the world for decades.

"Polly Samson has created such a dazzling evocation of an era and its mindset. Here, the island of Hydra is a geographical place but a psychological one too, populated by beautiful and damaged characters who pull you down into its pages for another café gossip, another moonlit swim, another drink. This book is a bohemian idyll meticulously drawn, and unsparingly exposed. It is like going away to paradise, then coming back rather wiser. You don't read this book – you live it"
Marina Hyde

"She is so good at mentally indelible imagery"
Jojo Moyes

"It is a grand read and the prose falls translucently like the air ... Superb work and a delightful novel"
Thomas Keneally

"Dreamily nostalgic"
The Observer; Fiction to look out for in 2020

"About real people living in Hydra in 1960. Steeped in nostalgia that's both sad and beautiful. It's fascinating, immersive and so MOVING"
Marian Keyes

"Hands down the best book I've read all year. Luminous, immersive, gorgeous, profound"
Joanne Harris

"If summer was suddenly like a novel, it would be like this one. Immaculate"
Andrew O'Hagan

"I was utterly entranced. It feels entirely true and effortless and compelling – in the way that all great novels do"
Justine Picardie

"This is a sheer delight – I've never been to Hydra but this book transports you and miraculously, you are there in 1960"
Jenny Eclair

"A luscious seduction of a book"
Sofka Zinovieff

"A beautifully written, evocative, inspiring novel. I devoured it"
Kathy Lette

"A glorious novel"
Kate Mosse

 

Photo: Harry Borden.

 

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