Canadian Rajah by Dave Carley

Scirocco Drama

Regular price $15.95
Canadian Rajah by Dave Carley

Canadian Rajah is the incredible — and true — story of Esca Brooke Daykin. He was the first-born son of the legendary “White Rajah of Sarawak” but was exiled from that country (a British colony, now part of Malaysia) to the backwoods of Eastern Ontario. Esca’s very existence was erased from his birth country’s history books. He waged a lifelong battle to have his true identity and parentage recognized. Esca’s life spans continents, races, generations and centuries — and only now is it being told.

Cast size: 2 actors
Male roles: 1
Female roles: 1

“The beauty of Canadian Rajah is in the ambitious stakes that playwright Dave Carley sets for himself… to bring a little-known piece of Canadian history to life: a family drama, involving sex, racism, Borneo royalty, and political intrigue, with only two actors to step into the roles of this sprawling, decades-long story, Canadian Rajah is both education and entertainment without skimping on either. It is an example of how history is a living thing, where stories fall in and out of public consciousness depending on who, and how many people, share them.”
— Mooney on Theatre