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East is a 1975 verse play by Steven Berkoff, dealing with growing up and rites of passage in London's rough East End.

The play was premiered at the Edinburgh Festival at the Traverse in 1975.

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Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1978: Presented by the University of Cape Town as their entry to the S.A. University Drama Festival at the Sharp Festival of the Arts in Grahamstown, directed and designed by Richard Grant, starring Sean Taylor (Mike), Richard Carter (Les), Fiona Ramsay (Sylv), Michael Shevelew (Dad) and Terry Norton (Mum).

1978: Barney Simon directed the play in 1978 at the Laager starring David Eppel, Marcel van Heerden, Peter Piccolo, Lesley Nott and Ron Smerczak.

1990: Presented in South Africa by the Baxter Theatre, directed by Christopher Weare opening 18 July 1990 starring Jamie Bartlett (Mike), Lara Bye (Sylv), Nick Ashby (Les), Leanne Goronovsky (Mum), Barry Burke (Dad). Decor and lighting by Brian Collins, costumes Ann Sharfman, stage manager Nigel Sweet, sound Mark Whittemore.

1994: Barney Simon directed the play for the Market Theatre Company. Produced by Michael Maxwell, set and lighting designer was Wesley France, costumes designed by Nadia Kruger. The cast: Jamie Bartlett (Mike), Gilda Blacher (Sylv), Michael Gritten (Les), Robert Colman (Mum), Joss Levine (Dad).


Wikipedia [1].

Decadence theatre programme (Troupe Theatre Company production), 1982.

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