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Chigger Foot Boys by Patricia Cumper

The Other 1914 Commissions

Chigger Foot Boys is based on real events in the lives of the Jamaicans who fought for Britain and the Empire during World War 1.

  • Tue 8 Jul – Sat 12 Jul, 8:30pm

Preview Tues 8 July all tickets £6.00

Venue: Downstairs

Presented as a semi-staged with scripts-in-hand performance, the play explores the effects of the barbarity of war on a cynical professional soldier from the British West India Regiment, a troubled country boy who volunteers to fight, an idealistic Rhodes Scholar who is made to fight as an honorary white man while at Oxford and his charming younger brother, and is set amid the rum and banter of a harbour side bar in downtown Kingston.


Arise TV interviews Patricia Cumper about Chigger Foot Boys


  • Tue 8 Jul – Sat 12 Jul, 7:30pm
  • Wed 9 Jul – Sun 13 Jul, 7:30pm
  • Thu 10 Jul – Mon 14 Jul, 7:30pm
  • Fri 11 Jul – Tue 15 Jul, 7:30pm
  • Sat 12 Jul – Wed 16 Jul, 7:30pm

Patricia Cumper is an award winning playwright whose plays have toured to the Caribbean, Canada and the USA with a collection of three plays to be published in 2014 by Peepal Three Press.

She has written radio drama for BBC Radio 4 and World Service including original series that won the Race In Media award and adaptations of outstanding work such as The Color Purple - which won a Sony Silver Award- Andrea Levy's Small Island and Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God. Also critic and commentator for radio and television including BBC World Service.

From 2006 to 2012, Patricia led Talawa, the UK’s largest Black led theatre company, whose award winning work included producing with partners including the West Yorkshire Playhouse, The Victoria and Albert Museum and English Touring Theatre, launching the careers of many young Black British theatre makers, supporting a range of bespoke participation and education projects and residencies and overseeing the archiving of the company’s work in the V and A museum. Also founded and led for two years a London wide umbrella organisation of Black Asian and Minority Ethnic performance arts companies, The London Hub.


Additional information

Chigger Foot Boys is an Ovalhouse The Other 1914 seed commission, two new pieces that tell the unwritten histories from the year that changed the world forever, and take true events as their starting point.
Please note that this is a semi-staged performance.

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