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Rough Crossings

By Caryl Phillips
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As the American War of Independence reaches its climax, a plantation slave and a British naval officer embark on an epic journey in search of freedom. Divided by barriers of race but united in their ambitions for equality, their convictions will change attitudes towards slavery forever.

Original production

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Original Cast:
Daniel Williams Buck Slave / Sierra Leone Settler
Mark Jax Captain / Cornwallis / Falconbridge
Peter de Jersey David George
Miranda Colchester Eliza Sharp
Michael Matus Granville Sharp
David Fisheley Henry De Mane
Peter Bankole Issac
Ben Okafor James Somerset
Ed Hughes John Clarkson
Ian Drysdale Johnson / Sergeant Davey / American Officer
Dawn Hope Phyliss George
Wunmi Mosaku Sally Peters
Jessica Lloyd Ship's Boy / Anna Maria Falcobridge
Andy Frame Thomas Clarkson
Patrick Robinson Thomas Peters
Rob Hastie William Sharp / Redocat / Lieutenant
Production Team:
Rupert Goold Director
Paul Pyant Lighting
Lorna Heavey Video Designer
Laura Hopkins Designer
Adam Cork Music and Sound
Vik  Sivalingam Assistant Director
Tom Snell Re-lighter / Production Technician
Jennifer  Stowar Production Assistant
Liz Ranken Choreography


Title Year Publisher NT Library
Rough crossings 2007 Amber Lane Press No