A Director’s Note
We All Dream a Lot – Some Are Lucky, Some Are Not
I’m not quite sure whether or not I like Joseph. He’s a spoilt brat, born with a silver spoon in his mouth, quite insensitive to what everybody thinks about him. I don’t blame the brothers really; I’m not sure I too wouldn’t have found a certain amount of pleasure in beating him up and flinging him in a pit. Then he’s so stuck up with Mrs Potiphar. “I don’t believe in free love” indeed, who does he think he is? I’ll give him one thing: he certainly has as eye to the main chance. Look how he cons Pharaoh into making him in charge of all that crop-rationing. And what’s he up to making Benjamin look like a criminal? Isn’t that as bad as anything the brothers do to him?
So what’s he got going for him? Well, I suppose he’s a dreamer. Even when things are going really badly he never gives up hope. His dreams of something better keep him going; they help him to survive. In the end, I have to admit he’s big enough to forgive his brothers. I think I might have flung the whole lot into a pit and left them to rot.
“We all dream a lot, some are lucky, some are not”………
I can’t quite forgive Joseph for being so lucky. Why can’t everybody be that lucky? But then there’s nothing sentimental about the Bible . It shows the world as it is, not how I would like it to be. All we can do, lucky and unlucky alike, is to keep on dreaming. Any dream will do?
Programme note 1991 by original director
18 April 1953 – 14 February 2007