ANDREW COBHAM, an apprentice
draughtsman, and his young friends from Durham spend a day
sketching in Durham Cathedral. On entering, ANDREW is overwhelmed.
The year is 1926.
As though by osmosis ANDREW knows that one
day he will become an architect. The youthful, exuberant friends
talk about the future that is all before them. They will build
six beautiful cities, which will be paid for and owned by
the people who live in them. Industry will be capitalised
by the Trade Unions.
In the beginning all happens as they plan.
We constantly return to the Cathedral to witness their ardent
hopes paralleling their future until, at a certain moment,
that future swerves in a different direction. Reality in conflict
with the Dream.
Two groups of four actors play Andrew and
his friends as youths and as characters who grow older and
disillusioned. But the play ends in 1926, in the Cathedral,
with youth's hopes. The Dream remains. We have only 'flashed