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Saint-Domingue, 1790. One year and one day before an uprising of rebel slaves will ignite what is now known as the Haitian Revolution. At the theatre in Port-au-Prince, Minette waits, but the auditorium fumes conjure up ghosts from her past.

Set in motion by academic research carried out by members of the Colonial-Era Caribbean Theatre and Opera Network, a cross-institutional endeavour chaired at St Andrews, this engaging new piece takes as its starting point the idea that the gaps in the archives, the lacunae in texts, and the holes in the narrative are themselves acts of violence and suppression.

Colonial-Era Caribbean Theatre and Opera Network (CECTON) was set up by Julia Prest, Professor of French and Caribbean Studies at the University of St Andrews, in February 2021. Its activities from February 2021 to January 2023 are generously funded by a Research Network Grant from the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

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