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Stories by Michael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

Published:Friday | November 16, 2018 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckkord/ Gleaner Writer

Jamaican theatre was greatly augmented with the formation of the Sistren Theatre Collective in 1977. It saw female street cleaners in the Government's Crash programme crashing into a brand-new, undreamt-of career as they transformed themselves into...

Published:Friday | November 9, 2018 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

Malachi Smith knows firsthand both the ugly, destructive side of humanity, and the creative beauty of the arts. That's because the former policeman (in Jamaica and Florida) is now a full-time activist and poet.Disgusted, he says, with the crime and...

Published:Wednesday | November 7, 2018 | 12:14 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

Ironically, there was very little toughness, and absolutely no roughness, in the Cry Tough concert staged by the faculty of the School of Music at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts on Sunday.The performers' hearts were...

Published:Friday | November 2, 2018 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

One theory holds that drama had its beginning in religious ritual, with one branch - entertainment drama - eventually becoming the largest. That would mean that theatre and religion have been linked for thousands of years. Certainly, they have been...

Published:Friday | October 26, 2018 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

Among the enthusiastic audience watching From Den Till Now, Jamaica's first dancehall musical, was 20 university students who were there to do research. That would've been good news to the show's writer/director/producer/performer Orville Hall, for...

Published:Friday | October 12, 2018 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

When it comes to the work of the National Gallery of Jamaica and Quilt Performing Arts, the use of space is crucial. Both entities are currently exploring the use of non-traditional spaces.This was explained to me by Quilt's founder and artistic...

Published:Friday | September 28, 2018 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

Today being the final Friday of the month, the free monthly Bank of Jamaica (BOJ) lunch-hour concert - featuring drama, dance or music - would normally be on. Instead, it was held a week earlier as a musical show, Mikey Bennett and Friends in...

Published:Friday | September 14, 2018 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

Last Friday was the 99th birthday of cultural icon Louise Bennett-Coverley. A birthday celebration held in her honour at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts (EMCVPA) was attended by only a handful of the college's...

Published:Friday | September 7, 2018 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

Retired communications specialist and current agricultural journalist Hugh Martin has started a third career - novel writing.His first novel, For All My Pains, a 82,000-word work, came out earlier this year. His second, the JCDC medal-winning...

Published:Friday | August 31, 2018 | 12:13 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

"Professor Sylvia Wynter is offering us in the early 21st Century, her vision of a new understanding of what it means to be human," says Dr Anthony Bayani Rodriguez - Scholar-in-Residence (2017-18) at The Schomburg Center for Research in Black...

Published:Friday | August 17, 2018 | 12:10 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

David Tulloch was in his office in the Phoenix Theatre complex on Haining Road, and still in his church clothes on the Sunday morning when I interviewed him about The Blue Room. He has turned the small space - originally a conference room - into a...

Published:Friday | August 10, 2018 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

After being involved in theatre for 26 years, including working in commercial theatre for 19, David Tulloch has at last decided to "own" the profession.At his desk in the Phoenix Theatre complex on Haining Road, he told me, "In the past, I just said...

Published:Wednesday | August 1, 2018 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

When Barbadian singer and saxophonist Arturo Tappin played Bill Clinton, a lover and player of the saxophone, the former United States president was "impressed". This was relayed to The Gleaner on Sunday, shortly before Tappin took to the stage set...

Published:Friday | July 13, 2018 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

The past weekend gave fans of the terpsichorean art a chance to see two well-established dance groups in concert - the Tivoli Dance Troupe at the Little Theatre, and L'Acadco: A United Caribbean Dance Force at the Philip Sherlock Centre for the...

Published:Thursday | July 12, 2018 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

Today and tomorrow (July 12 and 13, will be two important days - perhaps the most important so far, in the life of the nearly 10-year-old Jamaica Youth Chorale (JYC). On those days, the group will be competing in the 2018 World Choir Games in...

Published:Friday | June 29, 2018 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

Sunday evening's performance by the University Singers at the Philip Sherlock Centre for the Creative Arts (PSCCA), Mona, drew a range of comments. During the halftime intermission, amid the applause and cheers, two people behind me exclaimed, "Wow...

Published:Friday | June 22, 2018 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

The School of Music at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts (EMCVPA) should expand its programme for the study of music technology, says former Director of Studies Michael Harris. Harris believes the move would lead to an...

Published:Thursday | June 21, 2018 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

Usually a delightful event, the annual fundraising concert organised by the Kingston chapter of Soroptimist International was packed with extra talent this year. There were no fewer than 10 musicians (singers and instrumentalists) in the three-hour-...

Published:Saturday | June 16, 2018 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

Occasionally, the peri-pheral matters - the AOB (any other business) items on the agenda - turn out to be more important than the major ones. Arguably, that's what happened with two musical concerts in Kingston on June 3. The National Youth...

Published:Friday | June 8, 2018 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

Last month, the public was able to see many fine, free shows by performance students at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts (EMCVPA). From the schools of dance, music and drama, they are due to graduate this year or next year....

Published:Friday | May 25, 2018 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

On the outside wall of the Philip Sherlock Centre for the Creative Arts, UWI, Mona, are posters with the photographs of three Jamaican playwrights, Dahlia Harris, Basil Dawkins and Patrick Brown. Under the photos are the titles of about 30 plays...

Published:Friday | May 11, 2018 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

How to stop one's partner from straying is a question that is probably as old as mankind. The answer might have been given in a talk at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, last Friday.The second annual Stuart Hall Distinguished Lecture...

Published:Wednesday | May 2, 2018 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

Though smaller than the occasion warranted, the audience that turned up at Swallowfield Chapel on Saturday night for the 2018 spring concert of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Jamaica (POJ) was very enthusiastic. They cheered and applauded throughout...

Published:Friday | April 27, 2018 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

Forty-seven years ago, Bernard Coard published a book titled How the West Indian Child is Made Educationally Subnormal in the British School System (New Beacon Books, 1971). It was republished five times, and last month, at various speaking...

Published:Wednesday | April 25, 2018 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

Two of Jamaica's leading performing groups, the National Dance Theatre Company (NDTC) and the University Singers, were on stage on Easter Sunday morning and afternoon, respectively. The NDTC performed at the Little Theatre in its 37th Morning of...

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