Moon on a Rainbow Shawl

Moon on a Rainbow Shawl

By Errol John
Two dilapidated buildings make up this backyard property of Ole Mack's in the East Dry River District.
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The play centres on around a group of characters living close to the poverty line in a shared tenement yard in Port of Spain, Trinidad. Set in 1947, the play follows their aspirations to escape the yard, capturing the migratory impulse of those who came to England from the Caribbean and became known as the ‘Windrush generation’.

Original production

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Original Cast:
Earle Hyman Ephraim
Jacqueline Chan Esther
Barbara Assoon Mavis
Robert Jackson An American Sailor
Vinnette Carroll Sophia
Lionel Ngakane Old Mack
Soraya Rafat Rosa
Johnny Sekka Policeman
Berril Briggs Janette
Leo Carera Prince
John Bouie Charlie
Leonard Davies An American Soldier
Clifton Jones Young Murray
Production Team:
Frith Banbury Director
Loudon Sainthill Scenery / Costume


Title Year Publisher NT Library
Moon on a Rainbow Shawl Faber and Faber No


Type Code
Programme Private Collection

Union Catalogue

Link Series Reference Archive Info
Production management file THM/273/4/1/5 English Stage Company at V&A Theatre Collection
Press cuttings THM/273/7/2/28 English Stage Company at V&A Theatre Collection