The REMARKABLE STORY
It is down to a remarkable set of events that this play has come about. The performances intend to instruct the public in the basic facts regarding the experiences of one man, Graham Pennyworth. The reason that it is so important that his experiences are brought to general notice, is that tremendous changes to the world may come about, all of them for the better, were the facts to be better known.
Graham Pennyworth was a man ill at ease with his world. Though he himself was caught up in its immorality and drabness, some deep-seated inner grain of decency in him caused him to feel an admirable self-loathing. He was, after all, a lawyer. What Graham did not know, was that in other worlds, he was a man of merit and distinction.
It has long been known that there are countless parallel dimensions, and that in each, history has taken a different turn at one point or another. In some dimensions, people for the main part live good and contented lives, whereas in others, such as this one, lives are wasted in squalor and torment. Fortunately, into this world crashed (quite literally) the excellent Carstairs Macdonald, adventurous companion of Stoke Mandeville himself, and Carstairs was quick to recognise the improperness of this dimension, and its potential to be quite liveable, if only certain essential alterations could be made.
More remarkable yet, was that by an extraordinary turn of events, Graham Pennyworth found himself in the parallel world of Carstairs Macdonald. The marvellous fittingness of this was that Graham Pennyworth was in truth the parallel equivalent of Carstairs. They were, if you like, parallel brothers, though they had never been introduced. Graham was able to discover for himself, at the side of Stoke Mandeville, the veritable wonders of the world of Carstairs Macdonald, and to observe the great Mandeville himself at work. The grain of decency in Graham was cultivated, until he too could play a useful part in Stoke's mission of the moment: to unmask the most devious and villainous French spy yet to threaten the Empire. By the end of this adventure, Graham's innate good character was awakened, and he had a tale which had to be told.
In the course of his adventure, Graham visited some of the marvels of the parallel world, notably the Babbage Moon, the incredibly splendid Royal Wolverhampton Palace, and The Arndale Centre in New Basingstoke, fifth moon of Jupiter - the architectural wonder of its age. All of these feature in the play.
For more details of the parallel world of Stoke Mandeville and Carstairs Macdonald, see the section entitled "About the parallel world". In it, you will learn of how great your own world could be.