Riverside Studios, London | 5th – 24th June
Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh Fringe Festival | 13th - 25th August
Redemption Song was a unique blend of melodrama and ritual that poignantly dealt with exile and return. A poet, Legion Bramble, returns to his island homeland during the Mummers' Festival after an unhappy stay in Britain, to reclaim his West Indian identity. There he encounters his father whom he’s never known. Complications arise, which lead to conflict as Legion discovers his father has sold his family home.
In the fifteen years Legion has been away from the Caribbean everything has changed. There has been a pendulum swing away from rural values. The town and city have replaced the village structure, which he remembers as a child. The very things which Legion has left England to escape seem to follow and haunt him.
Set in Redemption, a village in a Caribbean island, Redemption Song was a modern version of traditional Jamaican Jonkunnu masquerade depicting a compelling love triangle and murder.
Director: Charlie Hanson
Designer: Gemma Jackson
Lighting Designer: David Richardson
Victor Romero Evans: Legion Bramble
Trish Cooke: Mad Anne
Carmen Munroe: Miss Beatrice
Malcolm Frederick: Mr Fowler
Ram John Holder: Peter Bramble Chris
Stephen Persaud: Sores
Janet Kay: Verity Fowler