Thursday 17th JulyDoors 7:30pm £7/£5 members & concessions The Sohemian Society presents: THE SUAREZ SÉANCE Revisiting the dark world of Derek Raymond with the original 'Dora Suarez' soundtrack performed live by James Johnston, Terry Edwards and Richard Strange. To celebrate the re-release of the classic 1993 album 'Dora Suarez' by Derek Raymond, James Johnston and Terry Edwards on Sartorial Records and the reprint of the original novel 'I Was Dora Suarez' by Serpent's Tail, a night of music, film and conversation saluting the godfather of British Noir. In 1993, the author Derek Raymond and the multi-instrumentalists James Johnston and Terry Edwards of Gallon Drunk came together to record an extraordinary artifact. The text of Raymond's landmark novel 'I Was Dora Suarez' was set to an original score by Johnston and Edwards, that lifted the worlds of an unnamed Detective Sergeant, a psychopathic killer and his victim, the beautiful Dora Suarez, off the page and into a sonic séance. Using the sounds of the streets as their guide, these two highly talented and original musicians wove a nightmarish soundtrack to the unforgettable spoken word of Raymond, immortalising a book that would change the very course of British crime fiction. The trio performed this work once, at the NFT in a sell-out concert in the summer of 1993, the first time that a music event had ever taken place at this venue. Derek Raymond died in 1994, leaving a body of work that would inspire a new generation of crime writers and steadily gain a following of new fans as Serpent's Tail began republishing his canon in 2006. Now, James and Terry revisit the scene of the crime, conjuring Dora back from the darkness once more, with guest performer Richard Strange in the role of Derek Raymond, live on the Horse Hospital stage. To further channel the spirit of Raymond, the performance will be complimented by a rare screening of the 1993 documentary 'Passages in Black: Three Days With Derek Raymond' directed by Agnes Bert, and conversation with Raymond's friend and literary executor John Williams and Geoff Cox, the man who came up with the genius idea of putting the 'Suarez' project together in the first place. This is a night not to be missed for all fans of Derek Raymond, Gallon Drunk and noir literature in general. BOOKING RECOMMENDED: 020 7833 3644