DREAMS OF PEACE & FREEDOM premiered at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2014, and has since toured nationally and internationally.
In the run up to the 75th anniversary of the Nuremberg War Crimes Trials and 70th anniversary of the European Convention on Human Rights in November 2020, a series of larger scale commemorative performances are planned, with instrumentalists and further singers at the centres of Maxwell Fyfe's journey - following the stream of Natural Justice from Nuremberg to Natural Law in Strasbourg.
Find out more about our commemorative performances below...
at the Clashmore Hall,
in partnership with HistoryLinks Museum and the Dornoch Academy
The source of the stream of natural justice, Dornoch was the home of Maxwell Fyfe’s mother, Isabel. His admiration for the astonishing beauty of this corner of Sutherland and stories of family tragedy kindled Maxwell Fyfe’s lifelong interest in the law of nature.
at George Watson’s School, in partnership with C Venues
David Maxwell Fyfe attended George Watson’s as a scholar, renewing the funding for his education each year. His childhood in Edinburgh fired him with the romance of Walter Scott and the enlightened natural law of James Wilson and John Witherspoon, both founding fathers of the USA.
at Mansfield College, in partnership with Mansfield College and the Human Rights Hub
David Maxwell Fyfe deepened his commitment to the law of nature through his study of classics at Oxford University. Today those same values are vested in the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights, recently opened in the grounds of Mansfield College.
at The Globe Theatre Liverpool Museum,
in partnership with National Museums Liverpool
David Maxwell Fyfe spent the first fifteen years of his adult professional life working in Liverpool, and was MP for the West Derby constituency from 1935 until 1954. Most importantly, his muse, partner and wife Sylvia was born and brought up in the city. Her brother was the actor Rex Harrison.
at JW3, in partnership with Rene Cassin
Many of those who walked with Maxwell Fyfe towards the Convention on Human Rights in Europe were friends from Nuremberg. Amongst them was Hersch Lauterpacht, one of the founding fathers of international law. Also at Nuremberg was Raphael Lempkin, who campaigned tirelessly for the recognition of genocide as a crime. He successfully convinced Maxwell Fyfe to bring it before the tribunal. This performance commemorates their work, and others from the Jewish community who moulded rights and freedoms from the atrocity of Holocaust
at The Palace of Justice, in partnership with Memorium Nuremberg Trials.
David Maxwell Fyfe’s year in Nuremberg was a pivot point in his life. At Nuremberg he contributed to the re-awakening of natural justice after the years of barbarity, and created a record of Nazi atrocity. And he confronted the perpetrators. But Nuremberg also allowed for a period of reflection which nurtured his championing of human rights. The exhibition at the Palace of Justice attracts many thousands of visitors each year.
at Churchill College, in partnership with the Churchill Archives
During his lifetime Maxwell Fyfe left a selection of personal papers on long term loan at the then recently established Churchill Archive. In 2009 these and his remaining papers were given to the Archive for safe keeping and access. This gift recognised Maxwell Fyfe’s admiration for Winston Churchill, who he saw as his clan’s chief, and the expertise of the team at the Archive who, under director Allen Packwood, are assembling extraordinary collections which capture the governance of this country of the past century.
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For our larger scale commemorative performances later in the year, we are working in partnership with local choirs and colleges to join our instrumentalists and lead singers.
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