Cave Dreamer

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Cave Dreamer[1]
The Other Side
Original Broadcast Date
Joe Frank
Absurd Monologue, Narrative Monologue, 59 minutes
Preceded by: At The Dark End Of The Bar (Remix)
Followed by: Insomnia (2001)

I'll always remember the great drought, when it didn't rain for two years.

Cave Dreamer is a program Joe Frank produced as part of the series The Other Side. It was originally broadcast on January 6, 2001.


  • A great drought decimates a village and is followed by flood.
  • A band of raiders attacks a village and cuts off the thumbs of the villagers.
  • Joe is a dictator in a fortified underground bunker. He delivers a speech on the battlefield. Sounds of battle.
  • Eating dirt.
  • Joe claims his is on the verge of victory as his forces are decimated, taunts the enemy.
  • A siege on the city, human artillery.
  • Joe falls for Magda, a contortionist in a circus.
  • Carnival as the hopeless, besieged city indulges itself followed by a city-wide nervous breakdown.
  • A Trojan horse.
  • The dictator addresses the public and demands their allegiance to his god-like power.
  • The dictator contemplates nothingness and defeat, alternative careers.
  • A defiant address.
  • "Help me unravel this knot and find my way back to the town where I first saw you, where all this started, this thirst"
  • A sideshow of the dictator's in various poses.


Shared material


A one hour remix of material from The Dictator.