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Stories by Michael Reckord

Published:Wednesday | June 7, 2017 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

The 17th annual Powerful Women and Men Perform for Charity Concert, which was staged at the National Indoor Sports Centre on Sunday, left the large audience satisfied. There were smiles on many faces as it ended and the comments on the show made by...

Published:Friday | June 2, 2017 | 12:03 AMMichael Reckord

Audiences attending the evening presentations of Fabian Barracks' Wah Sweet Nanny Goat over the next few days may not have the amazing - even unnerving - experience of hundreds of teenagers around them chanting dancehall lyrics during the blackouts...

Published:Thursday | June 1, 2017 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

Quite a few members of the audience started dancing in their seats near the beginning of Sunday's concert at Jamaica College (JC) in the Karl Hendrickson Auditorium; but when it ended three and a half hours later, nearly everybody was dancing on...

Published:Friday | May 26, 2017 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

After decades of strategising, numerous fundraising events and months of sacrifice by staff (who sometimes worked without pay, I was told), it seems the Ward Theatre Foundation's efforts to make the theatre fully functional again are paying off....

Published:Sunday | May 21, 2017 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

Fittingly, since poetry is a blend of the two, words and music imbued the ceremony at King's House on Wednesday when Lorna Goodison, "a superlative poet with a high international reputation", was invested as Jamaica's second nationally appointed...

Published:Friday | May 19, 2017 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

At The Terra Nova Hotel last week Thursday, an award-winning actor made Owen 'Blakka' Ellis' sensuous poem about eating fish, Come Eat, every bit as sexy as The Mighty Sparrow's well-known calypso Saltfish. And he did it without the benefit of music...

Published:Wednesday | May 17, 2017 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

The breadth and depth of the talent of Jamaica's performing artistes was delightfully demonstrated at the Swallowfield Chapel, Kingston 6, on Sunday evening. Despite the inclement weather, a large audience gathered in the beautiful, technologically...

Published:Friday | May 12, 2017 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

Maybe a dozen or so years ago, lovers of what's generally called classical music said they feared it was dying in Jamaica. Aficionados of classical and quasi-classical music should have been really happy with the menu offered over the last two...

Published:Wednesday | May 10, 2017 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

The Philharmonic Orchestra of Jamaica (POOJ) contains some of the island's best classical musicians and they were in good form for the concert they gave on the weekend at the University Chapel, Mona. So delighted was the audience at the end of the...

Published:Friday | May 5, 2017 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

Anthony Winkler (1942-2015) was a "unique" Jamaican novelist, poet and playwright whose work "deserves greater exposure and further analysis", says Dr Kim Robinson-Walcott, author of a PhD thesis based on Winkler's work and the book Out of Order!...

Published:Friday | April 28, 2017 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

Last month Jamaica was reintroduced to Suzanne Beadle, whom I have known for 20 years as an actress-director. She is now also a playwright/producer.Through her recently formed company, Soulart by Suzanne, Beadle has her first commercial play, 70 x...

Published:Wednesday | April 26, 2017 | 12:02 AMMichael Reckord

The concert mounted by the National Dance Theatre Company (NDTC) at The Little Theatre on Easter morning, "in celebration of the NDTC's 55th anniversary", will be remounted at the St Andrew's Scots Kirk in May.The concert showcased some fine young...

Published:Friday | April 21, 2017 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

The last two productions I saw took audiences back to the middle of the last century, one in a serious way and the other comically. The former, Errol John's Moon on a Rainbow Shawl, a production of the Edna Manley College's School of Drama, has...

Published:Wednesday | April 12, 2017 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

Though he lived in the USA most of his adult life, Anthony Winkler (1942-2015) never lost his "thick Jamaican accent", according to his daughter, Becky, who added, "Americans often had difficulty understanding him."On Thursday, Winkler became a lot...

Published:Friday | April 7, 2017 | 12:13 AMMichael Reckord

After 20 years in professional theatre, actress and director Suzanne Beadle has turned to playwriting and producing. Her first commercial play, 70 X 7 - The Real Truth, had a two-weekend run last month in The Blue Room, a tiny theatre which is part...

Published:Friday | March 31, 2017 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

"The best thing I have ever done was to found the Jamaica Junior Theatre (JJT)," Douglas Bennett told me.The declaration came as, at 87 years old, he looked down the corridors of his 35 years as chairman of the Jamaica Musical Theatre Company (JMTC...

Published:Friday | March 24, 2017 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

For different reasons, over the past fortnight, two sets of producers felt it was important to focus on Jamaican theatre. Pierre Lemaire acted in the interests of Jamaica's children, while Dahlia Harris and Nicole Brown in the interests of our women...

Published:Friday | March 17, 2017 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

The weeklong Jamaica Women in Theatre Festival had an auspicious launch on Monday in The Blue Room of the Phoenix Theatre, Haining Road, New Kingston. There was a panel discussion on the business of theatre, various experts explaining how theatre...

Published:Friday | March 10, 2017 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

(In last week's column, film commissioner Renee Robinson looked back at a successful 2016. In this week's conclusion, she looks ahead.)Last year was a very good one for Jamaica's film industry, according to JAMPRO film commissioner Renee Robinson....

Published:Friday | March 3, 2017 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

This is the first of a two-part article about Jamaica's film industry. Part two will appear next week."A lot happened last year," JAMPRO's film commissioner Renee Robinson told me recently, reviewing her first year in the job, which began on...

Published:Wednesday | March 1, 2017 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

"This awesome country ... is so full of talent!" declared singer Maria Myrie to her audience on Sunday.The comment, triggered by the high-quality of the acts preceding hers, elicited an outburst of affirmative comments from the audience. They clearly...

Published:Friday | February 24, 2017 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

The 2017 annual Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts (EMCVPA) career workshop, held last week, should prove very useful for the students who attended, especially those graduating this year. After hearing a broad-based presentation...

Published:Friday | February 17, 2017 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

One early tribute was penned by JMTC immediate past chairman, Douglas Bennett, and read bycurrent chairman, John Waite. It stated that Cooper was "one of the best tenors the JMTC ever had"; that he received many favourable critiques for his...

Published:Friday | February 10, 2017 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

Grace McGhie spoke not a word when she first went on stage. The year was 1971; the place, The Garden Theatre, 72 Hope Road, St Andrew; the production, Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, directed by Paul Methuen.And all McGhie had to do was...

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