Live audio drama: A Stranger in a Strange Place

Thursday 18 November 2021

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.

Please note: this event is being recorded for distribution across The National Archives’ channels. First names of attendees who ask a question during the live Q&A will be visible.

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