A Stranger in a Strange Place

by Mel Pennant

Tamasha and The National Archives present 

A STRANGER IN A STRANGE PLACE is a one-off audio drama, exploring repatriation of people from the British West Indies in 1920s Liverpool.  

From Marine Engineer, to working as a ship hand and in timber yards, Claudius Smart has given the motherland his blood, sweat and tears – a most loyal son. But now all doors to employment have been closed on him. His crime? Falling in love with May – a white woman. Hurt and betrayed in an openly racist Britain and facing zero employment prospects and hungry stomachs, now Claudius’ only choice and wish is for repatriation back to his native land of Jamaica for him, May and their young son. But will his request be granted? 

A true story from The National Archives’ files, brought shockingly to life by playwright and screenwriter, Mel Pennant.  

This event will be followed by a live Q&A with the writer.



18 Nov

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Creative team

Writer Mel Pennant

Director Anastasia Osei-Kuffour

Sound Designer Jarek Zaba

Music Producer DJ Walde


Claudius Smart Hayden McLean

James Gillespie Ricky Fearon

May Samantha Alton

Mr Sears Rob Jarvis

Dock Man Rob Jarvis

Constable Rob Jarvis