"Music at Night centres on a group of people attending a musical evening to hear a new work. Each act follows a movement in the music, which inspires the listeners to react each in their own way, looking inside themselves for their true feelings and sometimes remembering significant moments from their past. As often in Priestley's work, the relations between the sexes play an important part, a theme which recurs in the other two plays. The Long Mirror recounts the meeting between a composer and a young woman who seems to have been telepathically connected to him for some time, and has experienced much of his life before actually meeting him. Her knowledge of his past can help his future as an artist and a husband. It was based on a true incident. Ever Since Paradise Priestley described as 'A Discursive Entertainment, chiefly referring to Love and Marriage, in Three Acts'. Three couples are made up of The Musicians, The Commentators and The Example, and together they illustrate various aspects of relationships, accompanied by appropriate music on two pianos. None of the plays are truly conventional but are disguised as such. A fascinating trio."
J.B. Priestley: Born in Bradford, he was educated there and at Trinity Hall, Cambridge. His reputation as a dramatist was established by Dangerous Corner, Time and the Conways & other plays on space-time themes, as well as popular comedies such as Laburnum Grove & his psychological mystery, An Inspector Calls. Best known as a writer of novels, Priestley was also master of the essay form. He was an astute, original and controversial commentator on contemporary society.
"Introduction 7 Music at Night 9 The Long Mirror 87 Ever Since Paradise 171"