AN OCTOROON

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  •  M'Closky (Ken Nwosu) holds a pile of financial bills with BILLS written in large capitals across outstretched in one hand and a whip in the other hand. He turns on the spot and laughs maniacally. The actor is black but during the opening scene of the show he paints his face white as

    Photo by Helen Murray

  •  Br'er Rabbit (Cassie Clare) is stood against the wall of the theatre under fluorescent working light. There are circle seats behind their head. The actor playing Br'er Rabbit wears a full size photo realistic rabbit head.

    Photo by Helen Murray

  •  Br'er Rabbit (Cassie Clare) is tap dancing in a brown tailed suit jacket and white gloves. The actor wears a full size photo realistic rabbit head. A long line of lights are chasing behind her.

    Photo by Helen Murray

  •  Zoe (Iola Evans) stands in her pale blue dress. She looks up worried. There is a long line of warm glowing lights behind her.

    Photo by Helen Murray

  •  M'Closky (Ken Nwosu) dressed as a white land owner in white-face is fighting Wahnotee (Kevin Trainor) who is dressed as a native American wearing red-face. The fight on a small platform over a pit filled with flaming water. They are lit in dark blue and the warmth of the flames lights them and the pit.

    Photo by Helen Murray

  •  Grace (Cassie Clare) stands in very heavily worn overalls, to look like a plantation slave. All the material of her outfit is fraying and stained. She is pregnant. Dido (Emmanuella Cole) is dressed in finer clothing as a slave who works in the plantation house. A long line of lights glow behind them.

    Photo by Helen Murray

  •  Grace (Cassie Clare) stands in very heavily worn overalls in a deep hole within the stage. She's clutching a baby doll her chest.

    Photo by Helen Murray

  •  George (Ken Nwosu) kneels centre stage swinging a dagger through the air towards an imaginary character during a fight scene with his double-rolled character, M'Closky. He's on a small platform over a deep hole within the stage. Two women are screaming at the back of the stage stood within the pit and a bright blinding light flashes overhead.

    Photo by Helen Murray

  •  Pete (Alistair Toovey) dressed as a male slave, wearing black-face paint which was applied during the start of the show, stands in the middle of a small platform over a now water filled pit. White and gold confetti are floating on the water's surface. Pete is in two bright white spotlights, whilst the rest of the space is lit in a dark blue.

    Photo by Helen Murray

  •  Br'er Rabbit (Cassie Clare) is tap dancing over the dead body of a young black boy Paul (Alistair Toovey), the actor playing Paul donned black paint over his face in the beginning scene to play the black male characters. The actor playing Br'er Rabbit wears a full size photo realistic rabbit head. A long line of lights are chasing behind her.

    Photo by Helen Murray