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Rum an' Coca Cola

By Mustapha Matura

Year staged: 1976

Opening night: 03/11/1976

Theatre Company: Plays in Schools Project

Staged in: Royal Court Theatre

Cast Size: 2


The Creator, his glory days as a once feted calypso singer long gone, lives with his protégée Bird in a driftwood cabin on the beach. In between petty theft and busking a meagre living from tourists, they work on their entry for the annual calypso competition; a song concerning the corruption and infidelity of a local politician. Success will propel the Creator back to the top and will send Bird triumphantly on his way with Marion, the American tourist he’s fallen for but an incident at the local nightclub risks their one source of income and subsequently the Creator kills both his and Bird’s dreams.

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Rum an' Coca Cola

Publisher: Methuen Drama

Year published: 1980

Original Cast

Trevor Thomas


Norman Lugard Beaton


Production Team

Donald Howarth


Jocelyn Herbert

Designer / Costumes

Additional Materials

Link to Playscript


Ref: MPS 649

British Library

Link to Typed Script with Some Hand-Written Annotations

Typed Script with Some Hand-Written Annotations

Ref: TTC/5/1/160

V&A Theatre and Performance Collection

Link to Further Production Source

Further Production Source

Living Archive (Royal Court)

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