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The Shelter

The first half of this play takes place on a desert island in the late eighteenth-century where an upper-class woman and a black man in his mid-forties are shipwrecked.

Alone and adrift from any societal pressure, they have to work out their relationship to each other. The second half of the play takes place in a bar in London's Ladbroke Grove in the 1950s. A black man and a white woman sit together having a drink and discussing the painful break-up of their relationship. They are cast together in the most public of arenas.


  • Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith, London, 1983
  • (Subsequent productions in Birmingham, England; New York, NY; Montreal, Canada; Paris, France and Accra, Ghana)