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THE LONG SONG

THE LONG SONG

Synopsis

‘You do not know me yet but I am the heroine of this drama. I am told that here I must give a taste of what is to unfold. I am to convey that this tale is set in Jamaica during the last turbulent days of slavery and the early years of freedom.

‘I was born a slave upon a sugar plantation named Amity. I was there when the Baptist War raged in 1831, and when slavery was declared no more. It tells of my mama Kitty, of the negroes enslaved, of Caroline Mortimer the woman who owned me. I am to say that it is a true and thrilling journey through that unsettled time.

‘Cha, I say, what fuss-fuss. Come, let them just see it for themselves.’

The Long Song is adapted from Andrea Levy’s award-winning novel by Suhayla El‑Bushra, formerly writer in residence at the National Theatre Studio and whose work includes The Suicide (NT), Arabian Nights (Lyceum, Edinburgh), and Channel 4’s Ackley Bridge.

Event details

Thu 14 Oct 2021, 7:30pm

Captioned by STAGETEXT

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Venue details

Chichester Festival Theatre
Oaklands Park
Chichester
West Sussex
PO19 6AP

Phone: 01243 781 312

Email: access@cft.org.uk

Website: Chichester Festival Theatre

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