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Robert Calvert's Mirror Mirror extended to 4 September

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  • Robert Calvert's Mirror Mirror extended to 4 September

    "a precise potency" Time Out ****

    "Well worth seeing, a unique piece of science fiction visionary theatre"
    "funny and touching" Fringe Review****

    I'm delighted to say that Pentameters Theatre ( are extending the run of Robert Calvert's play "Mirror Mirror" until 4 September. This is because of the success of the run so far and the positive reviews it has received.

    You can read reviews here:

    and interviews with the actors here:

    It's also possible that we might introduce other pieces of Robert's, possibly at the Sunday matinees. So, this is your chance to say what you would like to see. A repeat of "Cattle At Twilight"? A poetry reading? A question and answer session about Robert's life and work? Let us know by leaving a message here.

    Best wishes,

    Chris Purdon

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    A bit more about the, 'Robert Calvert Multimedia event: Mirror Mirror', from the Fortean Times website:

    Robert Calvert Multimedia Event
    Ex-Hawkwind member Nik Turner jamming with Godfrey Old, a reading of Robert Calvert's poetry and a performance of his play, Mirror Mirror

    Ex-Hawkwind member Nik Turner will play a one-off jamming session together with musician Godfrey Old on August 21st at Pentameters Theatre, Hampstead, to celebrate the work of poet, writer and fellow ex-Hawkwind member Robert Calvert.

    Pentameters is currently showing ‘Mirror Mirror’ (extended run until September 4th) by Calvert. The evening promises to be a multi-media event much in the spirit of the 70’s, with selected poetry, the play itself plus the jamming session afterwards, during which Turner and Old will perform various songs including ‘Orgone Accumulator’.

    The event will begin at 5pm sharp (it is a Sunday matinee performance) with the music part expected to kick off around 6.30pm.

    Please note this is a closed performance, so any latecomers won’t be admitted.

    Pentameters Theatre above The Horseshoe Pub, 28 Heath Street (entrance Oriel Place) – Hampstead tube station.
    Tickets £12 and £10 concessions / Box Office: 020 7435 3648

    About The Play:

    ‘Mirror Mirror’ is a futuristic fantasy set in 2030 and was written in 1979 by Robert Calvert, inspired by his friend, Helen Mirren.

    It portrays Eleanor Bryant (Eva Gray), her psychechromic dress which responds to her feelings and moods, a multiperspectival mirror which reflects her image as others see her, and her encounter with a Mirror Technician from Reflexotronics (Mark Donahue). The play is directed and produced by Léonie Scott-Matthews who first presented Robert Calvert at Pentameters back in 1969, reading from his play ‘The Box’. He subsequently read his poetry there and Léonie commissioned him to write the successful play ‘Stars That Play With Laughing Sam’s Dice’.



    Robert Calvert was a writer, poet and musician who became an infrequent member of Hawkwind and their ‘resident poet’ after meeting David Brock in the early 70’s. It was Calvert who wrote Hawkwind’s signature song ‘Silver Machine’ and also ‘Urban Guerilla’. The left the band soon after to pursue a solo career and increasingly focusing on theatre, penning the drama ‘Stars That Play With Laughing Sam’s Dice’ about the life of Jimi Hendrix. In 1977 Calvert joined Hawkwind again for a while and then went on to form The Hawklords with Dave Brock, however, the band disbanded soon after and Calvert returned to his solo projects. He died of a heart attack on August 1988.

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