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40 years of the Edna Manley College- Celebration runs through academic year

Published:Wednesday | October 26, 2016 | 10:00 AMMel Cooke
A scene from the play 'DOG' at the Dennis Scott Studio Theatre, Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts, where it was staged on Sunday.
A scene from the play 'DOG' at the Dennis Scott Studio Theatre, Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts, where it was staged on Sunday.
A scene from the play 'DOG' at the Dennis Scott Studio Theatre, Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts, where it was staged on Sunday.
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It has been 40 years since the various schools which compose the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts were brought together at 1 Arthur Wint Drive, St Andrew, and the milestone is being observed throughout the 2016-2017 academic year.

Although three of those celebratory events - including the Gungo Walk Alternative Music Festival in September and the Rethinking Education Conference earlier this month - have already gone, the calendar took on a more official tone on Sunday evening.

There was a special showing of selected pieces from the play DOG, written by Dennis Scott, in the studio theatre named after the former School of Drama head.This production, directed by Edna Manley College graduate Trevor Nairne, will be staged in full from Friday to Sunday over the next two weekends.

October is an appropriate month for the celebrations to gather pace, as Coleen Douglas, who handles public relations for the college, said that the various schools came together on October 4, 1976 to make the then Cultural Training Centre (later renamed Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts). Before that, the School of Art was at Little North Street in downtown Kingston, with Drama and Dance at the Little Theatre. The School of Music was also relocated to the new facility.

Pierre Lemaire, who heads the School of Drama, said DOG is "part of the school. Dennis Scott wrote it in 1974." Naire has directed the production before, as he was at the helm of a staging in England in the early 1980s.

Completing the year, among the celebratory activities next month are B3, Music of Back, Bacharach and the Beatles, a School of Music Faculty Recital on Sunday, November 6. On November 3, the School of Dance's DanceWorks Lunch Hour concert runs from 1 p.m., to 3 p.m. In December, a carol service is in the Vera Moody Concert Hall on the 4th and the (Art) Stock Market Art Fair is on the 20th.

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