The Play Goes On
The Rituals of the Rainbow Bridge
by Zachary Cox, Jean M. Williams and Friends
We are delighted to announce that our latest title, The Play Goes On: The Rituals of the Rainbow Bridge, is now at the printers for publication in early August 2015, and pre-publication ordering is now open. The book runs to 268 pages, 17cm wide by 24cm long. It is printed in colour on good quality matt coated paper and bound in sewn sections, and is published in a limited edition of 750 copies. There are 21 colour images and 2 black and white line drawings interspersed throughout the text.
The Companionship of the Rainbow Bridge was an experimental ritual drama group, founded in 1977 and running until 1994. Apollonian in character, with an emphasis on precision of form, beauty of language and use of music, it became an exciting, uplifting magical opportunity for creativity, self-discovery and wonderful, self-transcending experiences. It has left a treasure house of over forty beautiful rituals that were written, produced and performed during the life of the Group. Twenty-three of the rituals are presented in this book, organised in five groups. One group consists of seven Rainbow Colour rituals, each one prefaced by a beautiful illustration of its essence by the photographer and artist, Ruth Bayer.
A substantial introduction describes the high ideals that formed the foundations of the Companionship and the general principles of its ethos and organisation, with photographs showing the symbolic weapons, officers’ robes and Temple furniture. In making these rituals available, the authors hope that others will be inspired and challenged to use them, adapt them, and develop their own versions, thereby keeping the rituals alive and discovering for themselves the immense rewards of ritual drama.
More details about the content of the book can be found here.
The standard edition, ISBN 978-1-906073-24-4, is softbound in a substantial illustrated cover. It is priced at £20.00. Postage and packing is an additional £4.00 within the UK, £7.00 within European countries outside the UK, and £12.00 elsewhere. For customers in Canada and the USA, the standard edition should be ordered from Holmes Publishing, our distributors there. For all customers not in Canada or the USA, payments can be made directly by Paypal to email@example.com (in Sterling only) or by accessing the Paypal shopping cart here. Payment can also be made (again, in Sterling only) by a cheque drawn on a UK bank, or by International Money Order or Banker’s Draft. Cheques, money orders or drafts should be made payable to ’Starfire Publishing Ltd.’ and posted to Starfire Publishing Ltd., BCM Starfire, London WC1N 3XX, United Kingdom.
The deluxe edition, ISBN 978-1-906073-25-1, is expected to be available in August 2015. Limited to 40 copies, it is available from the publishers only, and advance orders are being taken now. The boards will be bound in hand-made paper, with an additional leather quarter-binding across the spine. The book will be slip-cased, with full-colour dust-jacket, and come with special endpapers, and with top and tail bands to the binding. Each copy will be hand-numbered, and signed by Zachary Cox and Jean M. Williams. The price is £130.00. Postage and packing is an additional £7.00 within the UK, £15.00 within Europe, and £18.00 elsewhere. Payments can be made directly by Paypal to firstname.lastname@example.org (in Sterling only) or by by accessing the Paypal shopping cart here. Payment can also be made (again, in Sterling only) by a cheque drawn on a UK bank, or by International Money Order or Banker’s Draft. Cheques, money orders or drafts should be made payable to ’Starfire Publishing Ltd.’ and posted to Starfire Publishing Ltd., BCM Starfire, London WC1N 3XX, United Kingdom.