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Ritual By Water

By Edgar Nkosi White

Year staged: 1983

Opening night: 20/04/1983

Theatre Company: Lumumba Theatre Group

Staged in: The Factory

Cast Size: 10

Synopsis

Barzey, a youth-centre worker in Hackney is disillusioned with the world. He listens to the news, and buries himself in his books. Though his fortress of radical black academia gives him purpose, it also isolates him from the people around him who are too trapped in the cycles of life to slow down and observe it. His only companion is his imagined guardian angel, Uncle Charles, who always spoke sense into him. As Barzey’s mood declines day to day, he realises his only way out is to rekindle the connections with the people around him.

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Ritual By Water

Publisher: Methuen

Year published: 1984

Original Cast

Gladstone Brown

Barzey

Joseph Iles

Barzey (Understudy)

Eunice Allen

Yvonne

Everal Hall

Uncle Charles

Sandra Edwards

Sybil

Simon Baxendale

Morris / Nutter

David Whyte

Wages

Kofi Don

Wages (Understudy)

Clifton Goldson

Juda

Michael Stuart

Silence

Marigold Brown

Marion

Production Team

Ian Worrell

Director

Marcia Green

Sound and Lighting

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