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By Amani Naphtali

Year staged: 1988

Opening night: 02/01/1989

Theatre Company: Double Edge Theatre Company

Staged in: Oval House

Cast Size: 9


Ragamuffin is a man on trial. In the ‘Supreme Court of Afrikan Justice’ he has been indicted for his role in criminalizing the black community. Now he is defended as a disaffected revolutionary. Eventually he will be celebrated as a symbol of young black urban experience. During the course of Ragamuffin’s allegorical trial, the Court is asked to consider the historical significance of the Haitian slave revolution of 1804 as well as the events leading up to the Broadwater Farm uprising. The parodic drama reveals the conflicting realities for black youth in contemporary Britain and ultimately leaves the audience – aka the jury – to decide Ragamuffin’s fate.

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Publisher: Oberon Books

Year published: 2002

Original Cast

Papa Levi


Clare Perkins

Solicitor / Jean Marie / Young Woman

Pamela Maragh

Drummers / Judah

Daddae Harvey


Maureen Hibbert

Prosecutor / Juanita / Second Character / Mother

Glen Dallas

Councillor / PC Lacey / Cesar / Quadrophonic

Lysette Solomon

Clerk / Candide / Mama / Mrs Jarrard / Female Councillor

Shyro Cheung

Ragamuffin / Randolf / First Character / Haitian Soldier / First Young Man

Chris Tajar

KC Ragabone / Pierre / Youth / Male / Councillor

Production Team

Amani Naphtali


Connie Benjamin

Costume Design

Pamela E. Moragh


Lorraine Woods


Trevor Kanning


Carmen Wright

Lighting / Stage Manager

Additional Materials


Ref: BCA/Ephemera/374

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