Geneva Literary Aid Society

The Cambria (14.11.2019)

Many GLAS supporters will remember the tour-de-force that was Catalpa, performed by Donal O’Kelly, and so popular that we have staged it twice. Donal is coming back to Geneva next month with another celebrated work, The Cambria.

The Cambria was a trans-Atlantic paddle-steamer. In August 1845 among the passengers on board out of Boston was escaped slave Frederick Douglass. His autobiography had just become a US bestseller. Slave-owners placed a price on his head. He fled to Ireland. The drama recounts the life-and-death voyage he survived to become what Abraham Lincoln called “the most impressive man I ever met”, and the most influential African-American of the 19th century.

The Cambria is performed by Sorcha Fox and Donal O’Kelly, with sound design by Trevor Knight.

The Cambria has toured widely to New York, Los Angeles, Glasgow, Liverpool and Harare. Sorcha Fox is well-known actress and poet. Donal O’Kelly is an award-winning playwright and performer.

All proceeds will go to the Gaza School of Music, a branch of the Edward Said National Conservatory of Music.

The usual refreshments will be available and the GLAS raffle is sponsored once again by Charly O’Neill’s bar and restaurant.

Ticket Reservations

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Date: Thursday 14 November at 19.30 (Ticket collection from 18.30)
Tickets: CHF 30 (and CHF 15 for students, retired and unemployed)
Venue: Aula, College des Coudriers, 15a Ave Joli Mont (opp. Balexert)

What the critics said

“Entertaining, thought provoking and beautifully crafted” – The Irish Times

“In Mr. O’Kelly’s quietly dignified portrait, he seems like a stoic standing firm against the overwhelming odds of his time.” – New York Times
“Superb evening at the theatre… Don’t be left on shore when The Cambria weighs anchor” –
“Gripping … a highly commendable production” – Sunday Business Post (Ireland)
“One of those concentrated, magical experiences one hopes for every time one takes one’s seat in the theatre” (New York)