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The Harder They Come ()

Produced by

Theatre Royal Stratford East and UK Arts

Presented by

Mirvish Productions

Playwright: Perry Henzell
Directors: Dawn Reid and Kerry Michael


CAA Ed Mirvish Theatre


June 21st, 2009 – August 23rd, 2009


A poor Jamaican farm boy with stars in his eyes and a dream in his heart, Ivan heads to Kingston with ambitions to become a reggae hit-maker. Soon enough he is faced with the harsh realities of the music industry and veers sharply down the path of drugs, crime and vengeance, earning infamy for his exploits as an outlaw just as his musical star begins to rise. (


Rolan Bell Ivan
Joanna Francis Elsa
Lain Gray Pedro
Susan Lawson-Reynolds Pinky
Joy Mack Miss Daisy
Marcus Powell Hilton
Chris Tummings Ray Pierre
Victor Romero Evans Preacher
Zalika King Precious
Delroy Atkinson Longa / Numero Uno
Cavin Cornwall Sergeant
Derek Elroy Jose
Kirk Patterson Photographer
Jacqui Dubois Miss Brown
Matthew Newtion Singer
Simone Richards Pearl

Creative Team

Perry Henzell Playwright
Dawn Reid Director
Kerry Michael Director
Perry Melius Musical Director
Wayne Nunes Musical Director
Ulitz Designer
Jo Joelson Lighting Designer
Stefan Lumsden Sound Designer
Jackie Guy Choreographer
Geraldine Connor Vocal Director
Geraldine Connor Musical Supervision
Kala Simpson-Njie Assistant Director
Mark Simmonds Assistant Designer
Sally Henzell Original Costume Designer
Bret Yount Fight Director


Perry Melius Drummer
Wayne Nunes Bass Guitar
Darren Benjamin Keyboard / Bass Guitar
Adrian McKenzie Keyboard
Alan Weekes Guitar
Peter Lee Guitar


Justine Henzell Story Editor
Jay Ryan Producer
Robert Fox Producer
Kirk Patterson Dance Captain
Erin Fitzgerald Assistant Stage Manager
Pippa Ailion Casting Director
Simon Bourne Production Manager
Jane Dickerson Costume Supervisor
Jenny Adey Original Costume Maker
Christian Hutter Original Costume Maker
Amita Kilumanga Original Costume Maker
Paula Patterson Original Costume Maker
Gina Pinnick Original Costume Maker
Patricia Davenport Company Stage Manager
Altan Reyman Deputy Stage Manager
Cathy Lockett Assistant Stage Manager
Marcia Roach Sound Technician
Hayley Priddin Production Assistant
Mike Kukucska Set Construction
Fina MacDonell Property Master
John Still Production Electrician
Rob Kennedy Lighting Technician
Robert Kennedy Sound Operator
David Mirvish Producer
Brian Sewell Executive Producer


David Mucci Director of Operations
Scot Whitham Director of Production
Chris Prideaux Production Manager
Nathan Giles Assistant Director of Production
Desirée Proveau Production Administrator
Anne Mirvish Creative Consultant
Rachael Mirvish Associate Producer
Linda Intaschi Associate Producer
Charles Chu Senior Company Manager
Grace Tadgell Assistant Company Manager
Ron Jacobson General Manager
Nigel Romeril Head Electrician
Frank Galle Head Carpenter
Paul Axford Head of Properties
Steve Devine Head of Sound
Kevin McCarthy Maintenance Manager
Sean Poole Head Flyman
Erin O’Hanley Company Management Assistant