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the mombasa roadshow

?1981-1990

In memory of John Herlahey and Jane Kellett


The Mombasa Roadshow was a loose drama collective, composed of assorted punks, artists, musicians and general misfits, mostly resident between Kentish Town and Kilburn. In the spirit of Malcolm McLaren, Mary East decided she could produce a livelier piece of Shakespeare with the people she met in her local laundrette, than the various professional theatre groups she'd been working with. The rest is history. Oral history, that is.

I saw Titus Andronicus from the audience, and was knocked out. So I spent the course of the dada night sat on the stage drinking beer, reading a paper and eating fish and chips at one point: before delivering two killer lines after a Japanese Samurai beheaded a cabbage.

Titus Andronicus

Abbey Community Centre?
1981?

The Dada Night

Kingsgate Hall
1982?

Bartholomew Fayre

Kingsgate Hall
1982

Pantomime -

Kingsgate Hall
1982

Review (seasons in the sun)

Kingsgate Hall
1983

The White Devil

The Diorama, Camden
1989

The Bacchae

The Diorama, Camden
1990

With best wishes to all you old colleagues. Let me know if I've got anything wrong. Or send me some more bits and pieces to add to the archive.