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By Biyi Bandele
Africa and Surinam.
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In 1688 the British writer and playwright Aphra Behn published her novella, Oroonoko, or the Royal Slave. It tells the strory of an African prince, tricked into slavery and transported to the British colony of Surinam in South America. Biyi Bandele's Oroonoko is a play that is at once a celebration of Behn's humanist vision, and irreverent re-interpretation of the three hundred year old text.

Original production

Original Cast:
Israel Aduramo Laye
Rod Arthur Captain Stanmore
Kemi Baruwa Bola
David Collings Byam
Ewen Cummins Ibn Saeed
Michael Fenner Trefry
Geff Francis Orombo
Nadine Marshall Imoinda
Jo Martin Lady Onola
Nicholas Monu Oroonoko
David Oyelowo Aboan
Singhateh Farimang Ibn Sule / Royal Drummer
Ewart James Walters Akogun / Kabiyesi
Nicky Reid Royal Drummer
Production Team:
Jenny Alden Costume Supervisor
Tim Mitchell Lighting
Juwon Ogungbe Music
Martin Slavin Sound
Alex Oma-Pius Choreographer
Terry King Fights
Andrew Wade Company Voice Work
Cicely Berry Company Voice Work
Mark Graham Production Manager
Diana Stalker Stage Manager
Pip Horobin Deputy Stage Manager
Joanna Stone Assistant Stage Manager


Title Year Publisher NT Library
Oroonoko : adaptations and offshoots / [edited by] Susan B. Iwanisziw. 2012 Ashgate No

Union Catalogue

Link Series Reference Archive Info
Video Recording RSC/TS/2/2/1999/ORO1 Shakespeare Birthplace Trust  
Prompt Script RSC/SM/1/1999/ORO1 Shakespeare Birthplace Trust  
Sound Recording RSC/SO/1/2/1999/ORO1 Shakespeare Birthplace Trust  
Video Recording (3 camera) NVAP V&A Theatre Collection