Anancy and Brer Englishman 1972,1973
A Jamaican-style pantomime featuring folk character Anansi and set in Brixton
The first Jamaican-style pantomime to be staged in Britain, it was set in Brixton and told the story of a love affair between Anansi’s daughter and a Conservative council official’s son. The pantomime featured male drag, topical references (to Enoch Powell and Edward Heath, the local council and the Royal Family).
1972 and 1973, Opened 20 December 1972
Manley Young and Gloria Cameron
Director Yvonne Brewster
Music Chris Cameron
Ananci Gerry Small
Klancy Gloria Cameron
Princess Jumbowhale Trevor Thomas
Ted McCorquodale Michael Ridgeway
Alderman McCorquodale Richard Huggett
Excerpt from This is Your Life – Gloria Cameron 1983
‘The fourteen sketches were cohesive, relevant and socially committed. What they lacked in artistic profundity, they had in situational awareness and humour’.