on a Rainbow Shawl
"No peace! No peace at all in this yard!"
is fed up with all the trouble that her neighbours and family members
John Holder as Old Mack, landlord.
upstairs brings home a different man every night.
own husband Charlie stays out drinking till morning comes. Their
baby son cries. Their daughter Esther has won a partial scholarship
to go to high school but where will the rest of the money come from?
Rosa is in love with Ephraim who lives across the yard, but lately
he seems to be distancing himself from her.
in the background hovers Old Mack, the landlord who makes everyone’s
top of all of this, the lack of prospects in Port-of-Spain is getting
to bus driver Ephraim. He is likely to be promoted to ticket inspector
soon, but he is convinced that there must be more to life than what
the island has to offer him.
and Charlie tell him how much things have improved since they were
young, but to no avail. Ephraim dreams of snow and longs to go far
away, across the ocean to the exotic port of Liverpool. Meanwhile,
someone commits a crime that puzzles everyone.
on a Rainbow Shawl illustrates
ways in which desperation and hopelessness manifest themselves.
While the moon looks on, dreams of a better life drive the main
characters down very different paths.
on the author and production company:
John’s play, Moon on a Rainbow Shawl was written in 1957 and is
set in his native Trinidad around that time.
Eclipse Theatre production at the Oxford Playhouse is delicately
directed by Paulette Randall and beautifully delivered by an impressive
noteworthy are Dystin Johnson as Sophia and Victor Romero Evans
19:30 (20:00 on Friday)
Thur and Sat mats: 14:30
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