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A night of Hamlet in Jamaica

Published:Friday | August 29, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Stage managers of the play 'Hamlet', Carrie Burnham (left), Rebecca Austin and Adam Moore.
Amanda Wilkin and Ladi Emeruwa, cast members of 'Hamlet'.
Douglas Orane (left) and Steven Whittingham catch up at the reception. - photos by Winston Sill/Freelance Photographer
From left: Danisha Scott, Delano Seiveright, Greg Christie and Chilean Ambassador Eduardo Bonilla Menchaca.
Sasha-Gay Lewis (left) and Deleen Powell engrossed in conversation.
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Jody-Anne Lawrence, Gleaner Writer

"To be or not to be, that is the question." This famous line from William Shakespeare's Hamlet, was answered when Shakespeare's Globe Theatre performed the play for one night only in Jamaica.

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre arrived in Jamaica at 2:30 p.m. on Monday afternoon, and got a hearty welcome from the British High Commissioner that evening at 7 p.m. Most of the cast members were experiencing Jamaica for the first time and were flattered by the warm welcome.

"Everyone here is just so friendly and warm. The welcome was amazing," noted cast member Beruce Khan.

On Tuesday Jamaicans were able to see the play live at the Little Theatre, as part of the group's world tour. Jamaica was their 37th stop of their 200 country tour. The cast members rotate roles in each country and for their Jamaican showing Ophelia, the love interest of Hamlet, was played by Amanda Wilkin who is of Jamaican parentage.

Wilkin was looking forward to playing this coveted role for the first time in her parent's homeland.

The cast members thoroughly enjoyed the night as guests of honour. Each member received a gift basket from the Art Foundation of Edna Manley College in collaboration with Pan Jamaican Investment Trust.

Principal of Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts, Nicholeen DeGrasse-Johnson was not only pleased about working in alliance with Shakespeare's Globe Theatre to make this happen, but also at the opportunity for Jamaicans and Edna Manley College students to see Hamlet performed live. The proceedings from the show will go towards scholarships for students at the college.