The next big total theatre piece at Linwood High School (after The Odyssey, Harold and William and Simplicissimus) was Akhnaton. The basic idea came from Rod Harries who had been studying comparative religion and was fascinated by this first attempt at monotheism in ancient Egypt—an attempt which failed miserably. Helping behind the scenes of this production was a new science teacher: Philip Woollaston.

Part of the inspiration for the ‘plot’ was the book: Oedipus and Akhnaton by Immanuel Velikovsky, who showed extraordinary parallels between the two figures: both came from Thebes, both married their mothers …

Once again I tried to involve some pupils in the writing of the music and once again it proved to be even more time consuming than if I’d done it myself. Although the end result was very good it was probably less good than the three predecessors, and perhaps for this reason the following year there was no such undertaking—instead I started working on the comic opera The Fisherman and his Wife.