Echo in the Bone, An

Echo in the Bone, An

By Dennis Scott
Setting: 
Jamaica, a cottage
No. acts: 
2
Cast total: 
10
Male cast: 
6
Female cast: 
4

Synopsis

Crew, a black peasant, is missing. Maas Charlie, the white estate owner is dead. What killed him? The answers lie deep in the racial memory, they Echo in the Bone. The year is 1937. The country is Jamaica. Friends and family of Crew, finally convinced he is dead, gather for the traditional ritual held nine nights after a death in order to persuade the soul of the deceased that all is well and to send it away with cheers and rejoicing. During the ceremony the ritual impels the participants to re-enact their history as an oppressed people in order to find some meaning in madness.

Original production

Opening night: 
24/06/1986
Company:
 
Theatre: 
Original Cast:
Joanne Campbell Brigit
Kwabena Manso Dreamboat
Gary McDonald Jacko
Faith Tingle Lally
Mona Hammond Madam Love
Allister Bain P
Ellen Thomas Rachel
Lenny Algernon Edwards Rattler
Leo Wringer Sonson
Malcolm Frederick Stone
Production Team:
Yvonne Brewster Director
Sue D Mayes Designer
Richard Moffat Lighting
Allister Bain Choreography

Publications

Title Year Publisher NT Library
Plays For Today, ed. with an introduction by Errol Hill 1985 Longman No
Twentieth-Century Drama Full-Text Database 2007 Cambridge : ProQuest Information and Learning No

Assets

Type Code
Poster Black Cultural Archives, Ephemera/310

Union Catalogue

Link Series Reference Archive Info
Production accounts TTC/2/2/2 Talawa Theatre Company at V&A Theatre Collection
Production management correspondence TTC/4/1/2 Talawa Theatre Company at V&A Theatre Collection  
Contracts TTC/4/2/2 Talawa Theatre Company at V&A Theatre Collection  
Technical file TTC/4/3/2 Talawa Theatre Company at V&A Theatre Collection  
Show reports TTC/4/5/2 Talawa Theatre Company at V&A Theatre Collection  
Marketing correspondence TTC/8/1/2 Talawa Theatre Company at V&A Theatre Collection  
Press releases TTC/8/2/2 Talawa Theatre Company at V&A Theatre Collection  
Poster TTC/8/3/1/4 Talawa Theatre Company at V&A Theatre Collection  
Flyer TTC/8/3/2/5 Talawa Theatre Company at V&A Theatre Collection  
Programme TTC/8/3/3/2 Talawa Theatre Company at V&A Theatre Collection  
Press cuttings TTC/8/4/2 Talawa Theatre Company at V&A Theatre Collection  
Poster BCA/Ephemera/310 Black Cultural Archives  
Playscript MPS 3154 British Library