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
"I was spellbound ... thrilled by one of the 20th century's great neglected plays ... just go." ****
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)
Director: Michael Buffong
Designer: Soutra Gilmour
Lighting designer: Johanna Town
Sound Designer: Steve Brown
Casting directors: Lucy Jenkins CDG & Sooki McShane CDG
Associate designer: Rachel Wingate