Moon On A Rainbow Shawl

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Talawa Theatre Company and the National Theatre take Errol John’s ‘bruising, brilliantly witty play’ (Time Out) on tour after its critically acclaimed run in London in 2012.

By/ Errol John
Directed by/Michael Buffong

In Port of Spain, Trinidad, the snatches of calypso music, hymn tunes and drums are interrupted by the raucous celebrations of troops returning from war. Here, neighbours drink, bawl, make love, look out for each other and crave a better life. But Ephraim is no dreamer and nothing, not even the seductive Rosa, is going to stop him escaping his dead-end job for a fresh start in England.

Universally praised by critics and audiences alike, the original creative team have reunited to present John’s mesmerising and heart-warming masterpiece once more.

'I was spellbound … thrilled by one of the 20th century's great neglected plays ... just go' - The Times ★ ★ ★ ★

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Cast & Creatives

Trevor Michael Georges — Ketch /Taxi driver

Tahirah Sharif — Esther

Martina Laird — Sophia Adams

Burt Caesar — Old Mack

Ray Emmet Brown — Prince

Jude Akuwudike — Charlie Adams

Alisha Bailey — Rosa

Shaun Blackstock — Boy/Policeman

Bethan James — Mavis

Sam Lloyd — Soldier/Sailor

Okezie Morro — Ephraim

Michael Buffong — Director

Soutra Gilmour — Designer

Johanna Town — Lighting Designer

Steve Brown — Sound Designer

Lucy Jenkins CDG & Sooki McShane CDG — Casting Directors

Rachel Wingate — Associate Designer

Reviews of Moon On A Rainbow Shawl

What the press say

Justice, you feel, has at last been done to an important postwar play.

★ ★ ★ ★ The Guardian

Buffong draws every ounce of comedy from John's wonderfully precise, West-Indian dialogue...a huge-hearted production.

★ ★ ★ ★ Time Out

A sweet show that leaves you counting your blessings.

Daily Mail

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