A JAMAICAN AIRMAN FORESEES HIS DEATH
Royal Court Theatre Upstairs, London SW1
Opened 9 April, 1991

Tight, muted and thoughtful, Fred D'Aguiar's second play transplants a group of Jamaican WW2 air force volunteers to Somewhere In Scotland and confronts them with the prejudices of ignorance the sort that lead to one of them being stripped naiked to see whether he has a tail. The issue of otherness has been raised even before they left home, over the imperatives of enlisting to aid a "mother" country which grants them no effective voice in their own lives. D'Aguiar's unostentatious poetic phrasing accounts for much of the air of originality surrounding these musings: it is delivered with verve and assurance by a company who, in addition, can skilfully manoeuvre even a lethargic matinée audience around a promenade space.

Written for City Limits magazine.

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