Yarico, a powerful, epic musical about forbidden love, betrayal and redemption, will get its world premiere in London in February.
The musical is being produced by model Jodie Kidd and is based on a true story that contributed to the social movement against the slave trade.
Yarico, with music by James McConnell, lyrics by Paul Leigh and book by Carl Miller, will run from February 17 to March 14 at Chelsea’s new bijou theatre, London Theatre Workshop, New Kings Road (above the Eel Brook pub).
Bringing the story of Yarico to the stage has been a 10-year labour of love for producers John Kidd and his daughter Jodie, the model and UK TV presenter, who both have strong links to Barbados.
In a move to bring this forgotten story to a modern audience, John and Jodie have commissioned Yarico, which is based on the known facts of the original story.
Yarico, an Amerindian beauty, is a young woman with dreams and a fierce, independent spirit.
When Inkle, the third son of a British merchant, is shipwrecked on her island, he faces certain death at the hands of the islanders.
In a courageous act, Yarico intervenes and saves him from his fate, marking the beginning of an extraordinary love story, which ultimately takes them to the island of Barbados.
The story of Yarico was first recorded by Richard Ligon in his book: True and Exact History of the Island of Barbados published in 1657.
On hearing her story, Ligon wrote: “And so poor Yarico for her love, lost her liberty”.
Cast and creatives to be announced.