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'Release' for J'can history, QUILT's members

Published:Tuesday | February 20, 2018 | 12:00 AM
Quilt members in 'Noises in My Blood' in 2015.
Rayon McLean (left) and Maya Wilkinson.

In keeping with the old adage 'art imitates life', the Jamaican performing arts company QUILT will soon present a patchwork of theatrical performances in a production called Release.

"The show is in line with our efforts to release ideas to develop further dialogue on issues that are typically swept under the carpet'," Maya Wilkinson, director of Multimedia Production, told The Gleaner.

Founded by Rayon McClean (a current Chevening Scholar, pursuing a postgraduate degree in Theatre at Goldsmiths, University of London), who also serves as artistic director, QUILT is made up of young creative artistes who use transformative theatre as a means of tackling and curing social issues.

"This year's production will explore ideas ranging from the Tivoli incursion to issues surrounding the politics of the black female body. Being a space of play, exploration, and family, QUILT is also a space of release for its members," Wilkinson said.

The patchwork performances will feature pieces from QUILT's repertoire, including the 20-minute piece called 73?... inspired by observations of the 2010 Tivoli Incursion. 73?... features works by poet Mutabaruka and was the winner of multiple awards, including Best Production and Best Director, at the Tallawah Dramatic Arts Festival in 2011.

Along with Reflections of Red (2014), written and directed by McLean, Release, will also feature new pieces developed by company members, Wilkinson and Odain Murray.

Release, will take place on Saturday, February 24, at the Philip Sherlock Centre for the Creative Arts, UWI, Mona. The production will be staged twice, with the first show at 4 p.m. and the second at 8 p.m.