John Asgard’s Roll Over Atlantic

Roll Over Atlantic, John Agard’s satirical revisiting of the voyages of Christopher Columbus, sails into York Theatre Royal Studio on June 6th.

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, John Agard, brings his irreverential wit from page to stage, as he variously takes on the voices of Columbus, the Atlantic, a native shaman, a mutinous crew, and an even more mutinous crew of mosquitoes!

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.

Directed by Mark C Hewitt and with musical backing by Thomas Arnold, this one-person show mixes the tides of cabaret and calypso with mischievous satirical wit.

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