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Cast Iron (2004)

By Lisa Codrington
Directed by ahdri zhina mandiela
Produced in association with Nightwood Theatre

From the sun drenched cane fields of Barbados to the sub-zero temperatures of Winnipeg, Cast Iron follows Libya Atwell, a Bajan immigrant, as she wields acerbic wit and humour in an attempt to appease the ghosts of her past. Alone in her Winnipeg nursing home, Libya receives an unexpected visitor from Barbados. Past repression resurfaces, until the tragedy that shaped her life spills from her soul. A rich story so vivid with the island, you can see Libya’s legs flying through the cane fields, taste the bakes
she’s cooked up in her grandmother’s cast iron and feel the swell of the ripe and sticky breadfruit.

Alison Sealy-Smith