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Roll Over Atlantic
John Agard / Crosspath

Written and performed by John Agard
Directed by Mark C. Hewitt

Music composed by Thomas Arnold
performed by Thomas Arnold and Richard Durrant with vocals by Pam Hewitt

Promotional and production shots by François M. Norris

Roll Over Atlantic is a satirical revisiting of the voyages of Christopher Columbus. Whether glorified or vilified, Columbus, by his accidental ‘discovery’ of the so-called New World, gave a kickstart to globalisation, bridging Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas, and joining forever the fates of these separate hemispheres and eco-systems.

Telescoping the voyages, Agard, brings his irreverential wit from page to stage, fusing elements of calypso, cabaret and the absurd, as he variously takes on the voices of Columbus, the Atlantic, a native shaman and The Might Mosquito. Written in verse and performed against a background soundscape of Atlantic murmurings and symphonic mosquito buzzing, Agard takes his audience on a fantastical, fanatical historic voyage that still bears relevance to contemporary issues.

Read the review from London Literature Festival / Royal Festival Hall »
Read the interview in Prospect Magazine »
Read the interview in Write Out Loud:
Cabaret, Calypso, a Cultural Collision »



16 & 20 October:
Tara Theatre, London
6 June:
Studio, York Theatre Royal

18/19 Dec:
Bloomsbury Theatre, London
13 Nov:
Corpus Playroom, Cambridge (hosted by The Marlowe Society)
29 June:
Festival on the Close, Rugby School (Macready Theatre)
15 May:
Norfolk & Norwich Festival, Norwich Arts Centre
27 April:
Peterhouse College, Cambridge (hosted by The Marlow Society)
1 March:
StAnza poetry festival (Byre Theatre, St Andrews)
20 & 22 Feb:
The Birley Centre, Eastbourne College


27 May: The Old Courtroom, Brighton Fringe Festival (hosted by urbanflo)
4 / 5 October: The Marlborough Theatre, Brighton
7 October: Cheltenham Literature Festival
9 October: Lewes All Saints Centre
14 - 16 October: Southbank Centre, London Literature Festival

Previews 2015
7 Oct:
Shoreham WordFest (Ropetackle Centre)
10 Oct: Chiddingly Village Hall
17 Oct: Ilkley Literature Festival (Wharfside Playhouse)
22 Oct: Square Tower, Portsmouth (hosted by Tongues&Grooves)
28 Oct: Cecil Sharp House, Camden, London
27 Nov: Hastings Museum & Art Gallery
28 Nov: Lewes All Saints Centre (hosted by Lewes Live Literature)
17 Dec: Tristan Bates Theatre, Covent Garden, London

Above: John Agard as The Mighty Mosquito
Below: John Agard playing the ocarina in Roll Over Atlantic
Below: During the making of the production with composer, Thomas Arnold (photo © MCH, 2015)
Above: the much-admired final scene of Roll Over Atlantic