Passports to the Promised Land 

see also under Playwright 

The show opens with the full company as West Indian migrants coming to England in the late 1950s. Amongst them is Jordan Brown, on his way to England to find his errant father. But Jordan is newly deceased and coming to terms with this fact.  He describes how he fell overboard and 'woke up dead'.

 

The ship docks at Southampton and Jordan joins the queue at Immigration. All his fellow passengers are asked the usual questions: how long do you intend to stay? etc. He reaches the front and is surprised to find that instead of an Immigration Officer, he is being questioned by St Peter, who is asking pretty much the same questions......

 

He is shocked to find that the man he thought was St Peter, appears in many guises, according to whatever you require..... 

 

The immigrants who arrived on Jordan's boat are now trying to make their way in England. But things are very tough.

18 years later, young Solomon and Liz next door neighbours and children of the immigrants, suddenly find themselves a little more than girl and boy next door....

Solomon and Liz are getting married. Myrtle Harris, Liz's mother, sings the Creed (powerfully delivered by Enyonam Gbesemete) whilst St Peter, Jordan and his recently dead mother listen from purgatory.