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Afternoon Play: I Was a Stranger


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The remarkable and poignant story of an Ethiopian prince who died of pneumonia in Leeds in November 1879. Prince Alamayou of Abyssinia had apparently fallen asleep in an outside WC in the middle of a cold night. His body was transported to St George's Chapel, Windsor, in a glass-faced coffin. A plaque, erected by Queen Victoria reads "I was a stranger and ye took me in."


Written By: Peter Spafford
Producer/ Director: Pauline Harris
Alamayou: Chiwetel Ejlofor
Boy Alamayou: Lfe Okpor
Capt Speedy: Robert Plckavance
Mrs Speedy: Helen Longworth
Lakiyaye: Claire Benedict
Queen Victoria: Claire Benedict
Mr Ransome: Patrice Nalambana
Tewodros: Patrice Nalambana
Jex-Blake: David Reeshman
Harriet: Rosie Reeshman

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Afternoon Play: I Was a Stranger

BBC Radio 4 FM, 17 May 2004 14.15

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