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Trouble in Butetown

By Diana Nneka Atuona
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Female cast: 


In her illegal boarding house in Butetown, Cardiff, Gwyneth Mbanefo toils tirelessly to keep afloat. It’s a port town during the war; home to souls from every corner of the globe. When Nate, an African American GI, escapes his barracks and discovers this new world without segregation, can he find safe harbour? And with danger on every corner, who can he trust?

Original production

Opening night: 
Original Cast:
Samuel Adewunmi Nate
Sarah Parish Gwyneth
Zaqi Ismail Dullah
Zephryn Taitte Norman
Ifan Huw Dafydd Patsy
Rita Bernard-Shaw Connie
Rosie Ekenna Georgina
Ellie-Mae Siame Georgina
Gareth Kennerly Detective Hughes
Nathan Nolan Officer Reid
Production Team:
Tinuke Craig Director
Peter McKintosh Designer
Claudette Williams Dialect Coach
Oliver Fenwick Lighting Designer
Emma Laxton Sound Design
Fiona Parker Costume Supervisor
Kev McCurdy Fight Director
Carole Hancock Wigs, Hair & Make-up Supervisor
Diana Nneka Atuona Writer
Mary Howland Dialect Coach
Ingrid Mackinnon Movement Director
Clement Ishmael Composer
Kate Dowling Associate Props Supervisor (Propworks)
Adam Karim Resident Assistant Director
Phyllys Egherevba Assistant Set & Costume Designer
Carey Chomsoonthorn Assistant Lighting Designer
Elliot Popeau-George Assistant to the Sound Designer
Khaled Abunaama Dialect Coach
Kara Tsiaperas Dialect Coach
Katie Unsworth-Murray Assistant to the Designer


Title Year Publisher NT Library
Trouble in Butetown 2023 Methuen Drama No