Tangle | African & Caribbean Theatre

International Theatre for Local People
Tangle is South West England’s African Caribbean Theatre Company. We celebrate the work of artists of African, Caribbean and more than 50 other heritages.

The Crossing, 2011 & 2012

by Esther O'Toole
June 2011 and April 2012

NEAT 2011 at New Art Exchange and revived at The Bike Shed Theatre, Exeter

17-21 April 2012

Theatre503, London

The Crossing was a new play by Esther O’Toole about the journey of three Ashanti men from Accra to Europe, developed by Tangle. The play was performed by an all-Ghanaian cast, supproted by an all-BAME production team as part of Nottingham Playhouse’s NEAT11 Festival. The Crossing was then revived for a short tour to The Bike Shed Theatre in Exeter from 9 – 14 April  and Theatre 503, London from 17 – 21 April 2012 where it was the highest grossing single week show in the theatre’s history.

***** Esther O’Toole’s  superb play… an absolute delight to watch, easily the best theatre I’ve seen for a long time…Left Lion 2010



Writer – Esther O’Toole

Director – Anna Coombs

Designer – Harriet Pearson

Lighting – Stephanie Bartle

Sound Design – Drew Baumohl

Assistant Director – Pascale Kasirabo

Rehearsal Assistant – Cory Hippolyte

Stage Manager: Kala Njie

Performed by Kwaku Boateng, Michael Kofi and Michael Offei

Photos by Robert Darch www.robertdarch.com


NEAT11 at New Art Exchange, June 2011

The Bike Shed Theatre, Exeter, 9 - 14 April 2012, 7:30pm

Theatre503, London, 17-21 April 2012, 7:45pm

"A superb play... an absolute delight to watch, easily the best theatre I’ve seen for a long time... Formed to give a voice to African/Caribbean voices, tonight those voices were poignant, passionate and utterly persuasive". *****  Left Lion 2011

Michael Offei, Michael Kofi and Kwaku Boateng draw you in to a world of desperation, hope and humour.” Paul In London

Be prepared to shift around in anxiety and suspense as you wonder whether the unlikely trio will ever make The Crossing.”  The Right Copy

"Should probably be seen by everyone who thinks they have something to say about immigration. It turns migrants from a nameless, feared concept into real people.One World Events 

"Excellent performance, important and inspirationalRemote Goat