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September 2014

Miracle in the Gorbals

MAC Sound have created a sound effects sequence to a specification by Dame Gillian Lynne comprising war time sounds as a prelude to her recreation of the Ballet Miracle In The Gorbals. Robert Helpmann’s original groundbreaking dance drama, which received its premiere at the Prince’s Theatre in London on 26 October, 1944, is the mother of all realist ballets. Based on a scenario by Helpmann’s long-term partner Michael Benthall, it was a pioneering work in the uncharted field of ‘dirty’ ballet, in which real people were represented in a real environment through both design and movement.

Birmingham Royal Ballet Miracle in the Gorbals

The result proved so successful that Sadler’s Wells Ballet performed it every season until 1950, at home and abroad, reviving it once again in 1958. Since then, it has disappeared from view until it’s revival by Birmingham Royal Ballet.
One of the leading choreographers of her generation, Dame Gillian was also one of the last surviving female members of the original cast and was invited to re-create the ballet, as close as possible to Helpmann’s astonishing work, for a new generation.

Sound Design: Clement Rawling