Banana Boat Productions 
New Perspectives Theatre Company


Mamma Decemba

by Nigel D. Moffatt

directed by Shirley Parkinson-Wright

with: Sharon Hope, Lincoln Brown 
and Shirley Parkinson-Wright

Assistant Director          Production Designer        Stage Manager

  Merlina Rich                Meganne George              Sher Xavier

Winner of the Samuel Beckett Award in 1985 (sponsored by the Royal Court Theatre and Channel 4), Mamma Decemba is a bitter-sweet play about an older Jamaican woman living in England who finds herself widowed, jobless, and deserted by her children. Her attempts to cope involving hauntingly honest, sometimes humorous and often painful reflections on her past, raising larger questions for all of us about the nature of life-long relationships. John, played by Lincoln Brown, is a ghost throughout the play except during the flashback scenes.

"an aching slice of a life run aground "  London  Guardian

"Nigel Moffatt's play must be welcomed for bringing to the English stage... the character of Mamma Decemba. For how often can one see, in the English theatre, any member of England's black community portrayed in such shrewd, affectionate detail; a fully rounded personality, not just a symbol for a political, social or racial statement, but herself."  Ann FitzGerald,  The Stage