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Archive listings for The Long Song (2021)

Work type: Play.


The Long Song is adapted from Andrea Levy's award-winning novel by Suhayla El-Bushra, formerly writer in residence at the National Theatre Studio and whose work includes The Suicide (NT), Arabian Nights (Lyceum, Edinburgh), and Channel 4's Ackley Bridge. World PremiereCorporate Sponsor Ashling Park Wine Estates & Tours. Producer Minerva Theatre. Director Charlotte Gwinner. Design Frankie Bradshaw. Lighting Mark Doubleday. Musical Director Michael Henry (also Vocal Arrangements / Additional Composition). Sound Helen Skiera. Design Dick Straker (video design). Director Angela Gasparetto (movement director). Director Kev McCurdy (flight director). Director Charlotte Sutton (casting director). Director Chandra Ruegg (casting director). Performer Tara Tijani (July). Performer Llewella Gideon (Old July). Performer Olivia Poulet (Caroline Mortimer). Performer Ben Adams (Tam Dewar / Charles Wyndham). Performer Cecilia Appiah (Miss Clara). Performer Andrew Bridgmont (John Howarth / Baptist Minister). Performer Leonard Buckley (Robert Goodwin). Performer Perola Congo (Miss Bessie / Molly). Performer Miranda Foster (Elizabeth Wyndham). Performer Trevor Laird (Dublin / Godfrey). Performer Syrus Lowe (Thomas / Nimrod). Performer Chris Machari (Cornet / Musician). Performer Mohammed Mansaray (Boy / Ezra). Performer Rebecca Omogbehin (Kitty). Performer Carol Walton (Miss Rose).
1 Oct 21 to 23 Oct 21Chichester Festival Theatre, Chichester :: V719
listing details L1446387656


The Long Song archive'You do not know me yet but I am the heroine of this drama. I am told that here I must give a taste of what is to unfold. I am to convey that this tale is set in Jamaica during the last turbulent days of slavery and the early years of freedom. 'I was born a slave upon a sugar plantation named Amity. I was there when the Baptist War raged in 1831, and when slavery was declared no more. It tells of my mama Kitty, of the negroes enslaved, of Caroline Mortimer the woman who owned me. I am to say that it is a true and thrilling journey through that unsettled time. 'Cha, I say, what fuss-fuss. Come, let them just see it for themselves.'


Book by: Andrea Levy
Adapted by: Suhayla El-Bushra

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