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PUFF by John Agard

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PUFF is a satirical  imagining of the famously flirtatious romance between Elizabeth 1 and Sir Walter Ralegh. Written in verse, PUFF is set in the Elizabethan period of enchantment with the wonders of the New World, including tobacco, the Queen herself having been introduced to the puffing habit by Ralegh. But there is  already growing awareness of the black presence in Britain, as shown by the famous edict to the Lord Mayor of London from the Queen herself, stating that there were 'too many Blackamoors in the realm.'

It is perhaps fitting that the recent recipient of the Queen's Gold Medal for poetry 2012, the Guyana-born British poet, John Agard, should turn his subversive wit to that iconic period of British history. The play humorously engages with issues of contemporary relevance such as identity and diversity, for Raleigh himself was ridiculed at court for having a broad Devon accent.

 

PUFF

Written by John Agard

Directed by Mark C. Hewitt

Performed by Leann O'Kasi as Elizabeth

& Christopher Paddon as Sir Walter Ralegh

with live Elizabethan music