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Dessa Rose archiveThis powerful and moving story, set in 1846 in the ante-bellum South, follows two young women on their journey to acceptance. With elements of blues, folk, hymns and gospel, Dessa Rose perfectly blends history and fiction. The storytelling for which Ahrens and Flaherty are most famous is masterfully exhibited throughout. Passionate and innocent Dessa Rose is a young slave faced with a barrage of hardships because of the colour of her skin. While Ruth, a young white mother, faces difficulties because of her gender. Ruth and Dessa 'hand down the story' to their grandchildren, reliving the adventure they experienced together. Through their extraordinary tale we see their deep and lasting bond and how this makes them part of a 'long, strong line of women'. Running time: 2hrs including interval.


Cynthia Erivo (Dessa Rose), Cassidy Janson (Ruth), John Addison, Edward Baruwa, Sharon Benson, Alexander Evans, Cameron Leigh


Lyrics: Lynn Ahrens
Music: Stephen Flaherty (based on the book by Sherley Anne Williams)
Producer: Arion Productions
Director(s): Andrew Keates, Jennifer Bakst (assistant), Benjamin Newsome (casting)
Costume: Philippa Batt
Lighting: Neill Brinkworth
Choreographer: Sam Spencer Lane
Musical Director: Dean Austin

Dessa Rose

Dessa Rose (Musical) production archive for QTIX code T13625946. Details of all Dessa Rose archived productions can be found under the QTIX code: S01488389027

Archive Listings

29 Jul 14
30 Aug 14
Trafalgar Theatre
West End, Greater London
Performance Details => Venue archive


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