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The Cambria

by Donal O’Kelly


The Cambria was a trans-Atlantic paddle-steamer. On August 10th 1845, among the passengers on the Cambria’s Boston-Cork route was an escaped slave called Frederick Douglass. His just-published life story had become a bestseller. He was forced to flee the US with a price on his head. He sought asylum in Ireland.

Once Frederick Douglass’ identity was revealed, he was thrown out of the first class deck, and a mob attempted to throw him overboard. The Cambria tells the story of how he went on to become what Abraham Lincoln called “the most impressive man I ever met”.

The Cambria stars Sorcha Fox and writer Donal O’Kelly, directed by Raymond Keane. It has taken Ireland and the UK by storm since opening in March 2005. It played the Visions and Voices program in USC Los Angeles in March 07.

Some review excerpts for The Cambria:

“ Vintage O’Kelly here is this searing, soaring true story…gorgeous stuff…a
delightful exercise in the possibilities of theatre”
Sunday Tribune

“A Gripping two-hour play…without a single superfluous sentence in the
script… a highly commendable production”
Sunday Business Post

“A powerful theatrical experience … a stirring production”
Irish Examiner

“A first class ticket to Dublin…wonderful to watch.” ****
The Guardian

“Entertaining, thought provoking and beautifully crafted…a well aimed
appeal to our better selves.”
Fintan O’Toole - The Irish Times

* Presented by Donal O‘Kelly Productions *