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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...

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

Lovers of musicals should enjoy the two lively, colourful productions on stage this weekend. The Jamaica Junior Theatre's The Wiz is at the Philip Sherlock Centre for the Creative Arts (PSCCA), UWI, Mona, and the Little Theatre Movement's 2016-17...

Published:Friday | January 20, 2017 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

Participants in a recent workshop at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre, Hope Road, got invaluable advice on playwriting from a multiple award-winning master of the craft."I see writing as a journey," said playwright/producer Aston Cooke at the...

Published:Friday | January 13, 2017 | 12:06 AMMichael Reckord

A key aspect of the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts' (EMCVPA) annual staff development conference in recent years has been about upgrading the college from its already exalted status as the premier arts-training institution in...

Published:Friday | January 6, 2017 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

Adding to his numerous theatrical roles of actor, singer, writer, director, producer, composer and designer, David Tulloch recently became a theatre manager.Last year, he took over management of The Theatre Place on Haining Road from Pablo Hoilett,...

Published:Friday | December 30, 2016 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

The programme blurb for RawIe Gibbons' play I Lawah, recently produced at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts (EMCVPA), repeats the institution's mission "to enrich the aesthetic sensibilities and promote the cultural diversity...

Published:Friday | December 23, 2016 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

If everything goes as planned by the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), last month's workshop on stand-up comedy will begin bearing fruit in January when the JCDC parish auditions for its speech competition begin.Held at the Ranny...

Published:Friday | December 16, 2016 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

Courtroom dramas are quite commonplace. Guided tours of art galleries are conducted every day. However, over the weekend, Corporate Area audiences were treated to a courtroom drama and an art gallery tour which were quite extraordinary.The former,...

Published:Wednesday | December 14, 2016 | 12:30 AMMichael Reckord

Some of the island's finest singers and instrumentalists provided the music, while an ebullient Joan Andrea Hutchinson, acting as both a performer and the emcee, provided the laughter to create a delightful Jamaica Theological Seminary (JTS) concert...

Published:Friday | December 2, 2016 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

November 19, 2016, graduation day at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts (EMCVPA), 1 Arthur Wint Drive, St Andrew, was extra special for School of Music student Shalisha Turpin. She became the college's first female to graduate...

Published:Tuesday | November 29, 2016 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

The work of 18th-Century classical musician Samuel Felsted, Jamaica's first documented composer and the first known composer of an oratorio in the Western Hemisphere, will be available online in January 2017. Facilitating access to the music by...

Published:Friday | November 25, 2016 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

Fresh to the new post of College Orator of the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts (EMCVPA), Amina Blackwood Meeks recently launched a discussion series on the role and function of the arts in Jamaica, which she hopes will...

Published:Wednesday | November 23, 2016 | 12:32 AMMichael Reckord

The work of Samuel Felsted, the 18th-century classical musician who is both Jamaica’s first documented composer and the first known composer of an oratorio in the Western Hemisphere, will be available online as of January 2017. Facilitating...

Published:Friday | November 18, 2016 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

Years ago, cultural icon Louise Bennett-Coverley gave Humroy Whyte advice about teaching which he has never forgotten. She said, "Find out what they like, Humroy, and teach them from it.""And that's what I do," Whyte told me recently on one of his...

Published:Sunday | November 13, 2016 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

Reggae singer-songwriter Peter Lloyd's appearance at the National Gallery recently marked the middle of his Pure Love tour of Jamaica. A world tour with the same theme is planned for next year.He and his management team - Team Peter Lloyd - have put...

Published:Friday | November 11, 2016 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

"There's money in the laughter business, and that's not a joke," said Andrew Brodber, a specialist in speech and arts development and training with the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC). He was speaking to participants in a workshop on...

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