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The Cambria


  • Playwright

    Donal O'Kelly 

  • Setting

    Set aboard the Cambria on August 10th 1845 sailing from Boston to Cork.

  • Synopsis

    The story about the voyage of an escaped slave named Frederick Douglass. Douglass had just published his life story in America and it had become a best seller. Forced to flee America due to the content of the book, Frederick sought asylum in Ireland. The voyage to Queenstown (Cobh) was not as smooth as Frederick hoped for. Frederick Douglass was described by Abraham Lincoln as"the most impressive man I ever met". He soon became the most prominent African-American leader of the 19th century.

  • Play Type

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  • Cast Notes

    This play was written to be performed by two actors.

Original Production

Original Cast  
Vincent Donal O'Kelly
Daniel O'Connell Donal O'Kelly
Frederick Douglass Donal O'Kelly
Dodd - The Slaveholder Donal O'Kelly
Captain Judkins Donal O'Kelly
Matilda Sorcha Fox
Colette Sorcha Fox
Cecily Sorcha Fox
Captain Judkins Sorcha Fox
Able Seaman Solomon Sorcha Fox
Dignam Sorcha Fox
Production Team  
Director Raymond Keane
Designer Miriam Duffy
Lighting Designer Nick Anton
Producer Maria Fleming
Producer Donal O'Kelly
Sound Designer Trevor Knight
Composer Trevor Knight
Photography Tom Lawlor (1)
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The information for this entry was taken from the original production programme.