Flash Trash (1986)

Mile End Road
16 Dec 1986 - 24 Jan 1987
Flash Trash Flyer (1) Flash Trash Flyer (1)
  • by Barbara Gloudon

Join forces with Mama Queenie and the poor people of Trash Town in their daily struggle to survive.

Marvel as they prove with talent and flash that they may be ‘Trash Towners’ by name but not by nature.

Laugh as King Nuff and the rich folk of Ready Heights bolt and bar their doors’ coz they don’t really like to see the poor.

Along the way you meet the Count of Crossroads, Lord Bag and Pan, cheeky young Khuskhus and the streetwise Windscreen Brigade, as well as King Nuff’s ‘orrible daughter the princess polyester.

First performed in Jamaica in 1985, Flash Trash had its British Premiere at the Half Moon Theatre.

You can access the script of this play via the British Library’s MPS Modern Playscripts Collection. This play is also listed on the National Theatre’s Black Plays Archive.

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Cast List

  • Lenny Aljernon-Edwards Zacky
  • Claire Benedict Mama Queenie
  • Brian Bovell Princess Polyester
  • Michael Buffong Dukie
  • Seeta Indrani Esmerelda

Creative Team

  • Yvonne Brewster Director
  • Felix Cross Musical Director
  • Ellen Cairns Designer
  • Wendy Marshall Assistant Designer
  • Ruth Young Costumes



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