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Errol John's Moon on a Rainbow Shawl

The Fourth Wall

By Lynette Goddard

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Format: Paperback, 136 pages
Published In: United Kingdom, 03 October 2017
Errol John wrote Moon on a Rainbow Shawl (1958) after becoming disillusioned about the lack of good roles for black actors on the British theatre scene. While this situation has only slightly improved since, his response has become the most revived black play in Britain - from its original production at the Royal Court in 1958, to the National Theatre in 2012. It depicts the lives of a black community living in poverty in a shared tenement yard in Port of Spain, Trinidad, in the mid 1940s, showing how each of the characters carries dreams of escaping to create better lives for themselves and their families. Lynette Goddard focuses on how the play articulates the narratives of migration that prompted many West Indians to uproot from their homes on the islands and move to the England in the postwar era. For some of them, these dreams of a new life became a reality, but they were experienced differently across genders and generations.

Table of Contents

1. Frontlines and Backyards: The Post-War Caribbean Yard Play 2. Migration Stories: Island Lives, Hopes, Dreams, and Escapes 3. Text and Character: Gender and Generation 4. Production Histories: Staging, Directing and Reviewing 5. A Caribbean Classic? Bibliography

About the Author

Lynette Goddard is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Drama and Theatre, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK.

EAN: 9781138678873
ISBN: 1138678872
Publisher: Routledge
Dimensions: 17.8 x 12.7 centimetres (0.11 kg)
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