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Love, marriage and meddling in 'Ring Games' - Series set to premiere on TVJ

Published:Tuesday | August 30, 2016 | 8:00 AM
Margaret (centre, Dahlia Harris) wags a finger at Delroy (Desmond Dennis), while Joseph (Volier Johnson) observes what is happening.
A light moment at home during ‘Ring Games’.
Joseph (played by Volier Johnson) and Betty (Deon Silvera) in ‘Ring Games’, which will show on TVJ.
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WESTERN BUREAU:

Thespians Volier 'Maffie' Johnson, Deon Silvera, Rosie Murray, Dahlia Harris, and Desmond Dennis are in the cast of Television Jamaica's (TVJ) new original series, Ring Games.

A romantic comedy set to premiere in the station's line-up next season, Ring Games will also see appearances by David Crossgill. It is based on the theatrical production Ol' Fyah Stick, with an expanded storyline and additional characters.

According to Harris, who scripted the series, TVJ wanted to develop a partnership, aside from just filming stage productions and airing them on television, to create a product designed specifically for television.

Harris, the writer behind Thicker Than Water and God's Way, said, "As the title suggests, the series puts into focus the games people play when negotiating the terms of a marriage." This, she said, is further underscored through individual episode titles, which bear the names of popular ring games. The series begins with 'Bull in a Pen'.

 

THE PLOT

 

Season one of Ring Games finds Joseph Moore (Volier Johnson), a widower of 15 years, hoping to find marital bliss a second time around. His choice of companion is his domestic helper Betty (Deon Silvera), with whom he has been secretly carrying on for years. In order to make it down the aisle, Joe needs to be honest with his daughter, Margaret (Dahlia Harris), but deep down, he knows that coming clean may permanently damage their relationship.

Throw in the meddlesome security guard, Delroy (Desmond Dennis), who has his sights set on Betty, and the diabolical neighbour, Joan (Rosie Murray), who is hell-bent on destroying the union, and the games begin.

Joseph is smack dab in the middle. Betty is as determined to get that ring as Margaret and Joan are to get rid of her. Holding them at bay while trying to keep Delroy away is more than Joseph ever bargained for.

"It's non-stop laughter and intrigue as scheme after scheme, they match wits to get what they want at all costs. Ring Games is a tale of old love rekindled, the power of familial ties, the insight of social acceptance, with a dash of scandalous flirtations," said Harris.

Janet.silvera@gleanerjm.com