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Rehearsal images released for Chigger Foot Boys at Tara Theatre

Suzette Llewellyn

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

WRITTEN by Patricia Cumper and directed by Irina Brown, Chigger Foot Boys receives its world premiere at Tara Theatre, where it runs from February 24 (previews from February 22) to March 11, 2017.

Patricia Cumper, renowned playwright and former Artistic Director of Talawa Theatre, draws inspiration from personal and historical stories in her latest play, set in a rum bar by the docks in Kingston, Jamaica 1914.

Oblivious of the impact that the distant war in Europe will have on them, their island and the future of the British Empire, a soldier, a hunter, a scholar and a lover are playing a game of dominoes whilst trapped by a thunderstorm. Amongst them is a young Norman Manley, future statesman and National Hero of Jamaica.

In a series of flash forwards, Chigger Foot Boys delves into the fate that awaits them and many other Jamaicans who volunteered and fought on the fronts of World War One.

The cast includes Ike Bennett, Stanley J Browne, Jonathan Chambers, John Leader, Suzette Llewellyn and Matthew Truesmith.

Produced by Pauline Walker, Chigger Foot Boys is designed by Louis Price, with lighting by Kevin Treacy and music and sound by Dominique Le Gendre.

The production is suitable for ages 14+.

Rehearsal images.

Tickets: £15.50, £14 concessions – available by calling 020 8333 4457 or visiting www.tara-arts.com/.

Times: 7.30pm (Monday to Saturday), 3pm (Saturday, March 11).

Running Time: 120 minutes.