Sun | May 20, 2018

Stories by Michael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

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...

Published:Tuesday | April 24, 2018 | 12:07 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

The audience at the fourth presentation of Uncaged Melodies, the annual concert by the Classical and Jazz Ensemble (CAGE) led by University of the West Indies Music Fellow Peter Ashbourne, got a special treat. They heard the very first public...

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

Paula Daley didn't meet Bro Anansi until 'very late' in her life. Instead of Anansi stories and other Jamaican folk tales, the adults in her household read to her European tales, mostly stories by the Grimm brothers.With regret in her voice, Daley...

Published:Friday | April 6, 2018 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

"It happen by accident," Luke Ellington replied when I asked him how he got involved in theatre. "Is a girl force me to go see a play (Scandal), an I kinda got hooked." Actually, he got firmly hooked. He became an actor, director, playwright and...

Published:Tuesday | April 3, 2018 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

Author, editor and internationally acclaimed Jamaican theatre practitioner Yvonne Brewster, launched her most recent book, Vaulting Ambition: Jamaica's Barn Theatre, 1966-2005 (Peepal Tree Press), at Bookophilia on March 22. In it, Brewster notes...

Published:Thursday | March 29, 2018 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

The weeklong Jamaican Women in Theatre Festival (JWTF), which ended on Sunday, undoubtedly ac-complished its objective to display and encourage the work of the island's female theatre practitioners. It featured many actresses and female playwrights...

Published:Friday | March 23, 2018 | 12:15 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

On the pleasant afternoons of the past two Sundays, the Institute of Jamaica (IOJ), through its Jamaica Music Museum (JaMM) division, celebrated the life and work of four extraordinary Jamaican women.Singer Mercedes Kirkwood, artist Edna Manley,...

Published:Friday | March 16, 2018 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

Both Belly Woman, the current production at the Edna Manley College's School of Drama, and the recently concluded Jamaica Dance Umbrella (JDU) dance festival at the Philip Sherlock Centre for the Creative Arts (PSCCA), Mona, give their audiences a...

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

Though National Hero Marcus Mosiah Garvey was continually derided for his love of spectacle-filled events, they flowed from a carefully considered strategy. That's what a large and enthusiastic audience heard at the final session in the 2018...

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

Opal Palmer Adisa not only writes in many genres (novel, essay, lecture, article, poetry and short story), but, being a storyteller and performance poet, she also often performs what she writes. She wasn't in performance mode, though, on the evening...

Published:Friday | February 23, 2018 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

The powerful and enduring influence that National Hero Marcus Mosiah Garvey has had on Jamaican music - our composers, instrumentalists, and singers - was examined in an hour-long presentation by Jamaica Music Museum director-curator Herbie Miller...

Published:Friday | February 16, 2018 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

Douglas Bennett, who, for decades before his death in October, provided leadership for both the Jamaica Musical Theatre Company (JMTC) and its offspring, the Jamaica Junior Theatre (JJT), would have been delighted with the current work of the two...

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

After the 52-year-old Jamaica Festival Song competition failed to get off the ground last year, the organisers at the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) are determined to have it soar higher than ever in 2018.An impressive $10-million...

Published:Friday | January 19, 2018 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

Theatregoers might be intrigued at the very different approaches taken to serious family problems by two equally successful plays currently on our stages. Spoiler alert: both Basil Dawkins' Pressure Drop (Little Little Theatre) and Fabian Barracks'...

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

Very popular in the 1970s and 1980s, roots plays (Jamaican sex farces) lost popularity for a while, but now they seem to be making a comeback.Over the weekend, I saw one of the four or five currently on our stages, the RBT Productions presentation...

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