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May 15, 2021

In October 1930 the British airship R101 crashed into a French hillside with significant loss of life, it was worldwide news. In Cardington where it was constructed it was a very local and very human story. 'Dream of Glory' is a two-act musical covering the days before the disaster and its aftermath. The story unfolds not only from the perspective of imperialist politicians, but also through the eyes of local factory workers who built the mighty vessel. They too had bought into the dream of glory.

The production by Sharnbrook Mill Theatre was originally broadcast on 3 Counties Radio in 1994. The recording was digitised and restored by Invisible Folk Club Producer Steve Yarwood from recently discovered cassettes.

Look out for the second episode of this podcast where Mike Gibbons (musical director) and Roger Wiltshire (cast member) look back on this fondly remembered production 27 years later.