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Moon on a Rainbow Shawl


Talawa Theatre Company in association with the National Theatre

Written by Errol John
Directed by Michael Buffong


Port of Spain, Trinidad. 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.

Errol John's Moon on a Rainbow Shawl, written in 1953, depicts a vibrant, cosmopolitan world that is as harsh as it is filled with colour and warmth.

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

    Moon on a Rainbow Shawl trailer

  • The Times

    "I was spellbound ... thrilled by one of the 20th century's great neglected plays ... just go." ****

  • New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich: 5 - 8 February

    West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds: 11 - 15 February

    Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Birmingham: 20 - 22 February

    Malvern Theatres (Festival Theatre), Malvern: 25 February - 1 March

    Watford Palace Theatre, Watford: 4 - 8 March

    Oxford Playhouse, Oxford: 11 - 15 March

    Cambridge Arts Theatre, Cambridge: 18 - 22 March

    Theatre Royal, Bath: 1 - 5 April

    Mercury Theatre, Colchester: 8 - 12 April

  • Moon on a Rainbow Shawl | UK Tour: 5 February 2014 - 12 April 2014

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