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Published:Wednesday | September 16, 2015 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

Over the weekend, the 48-year-old Jamaican Folk Singers gave a two-hour overview in song, music and dance of hundreds of years of this island's history. Audiences gathered in The Little Theatre, Tom Redcam Drive, for the group's 2015 concert season...

Published:Friday | September 11, 2015 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

This is the second of a two-part article on Jamaican performers in New York. This week, the focus is on Andrew Clarke.Like innumerable young actors, Andrew Clarke had dreams of becoming a Broadway star. "I wanted my name on the marquee," he told me....

Published:Tuesday | September 8, 2015 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

At the official opening of the Simon Bolivar Cultural Centre (SBCC) at North Parade, downtown Kingston, on Sunday, the main entertainment was provided by the combined National Youth Orchestra of Jamaica, with 21 members, and the 16-strong Youth...

Published:Friday | September 4, 2015 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

"You'll find a strong Jamaican presence in anything that's Caribbean," Jamaican theatre practitioner Andrew Clarke reminded me a couple of weeks ago. He was talking about the...

Published:Friday | August 28, 2015 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

Maisie Prince's life on stage seems to have come full circle. The former actress and singer took her first stage bow in Sunday school. Her last (she thinks) was in a play at her church, The Temple of Light Centre for Spiritual Living in New Kingston...

Published:Friday | August 21, 2015 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

There has been "quite a demand" nationally and regionally for the BFA programmes in Animation and Film production, which begin next month at the Caribbean Institute of Media and...

Published:Wednesday | August 12, 2015 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

Mendelssohn's Elijah (first produced in Birmingham in 1846) is undoubtedly one of the world's best oratorios. Though not as soul stirring as the ever-so popular Messiah by Handel, it is indisputably great.The Biblical events around which the...

Published:Friday | August 7, 2015 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

"IT'S BACK," screamed the newspaper ad in capital letters. "Fresh from sold out shows in London, America and the Caribbean."The reference was to Bashment Granny 3: Bashy Dead by Paul O. Beale which, after a successful tour of those places, returns...

Published:Friday | July 31, 2015 | 12:04 AMMichael Reckord

Marvin George was 12 years old when he went on stage in his first play. It was a tiny role with only one line - and it was a step toward his present career.He played an 18 year-old sailor, the client of a prostitute. And it was his mother who, as...

Published:Wednesday | July 29, 2015 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

Saturday night's fare served up by the National Dance Theatre Company (NDTC) at the Little Theatre, Tom Redcam Avenue, was generally cheerful. Exceptions to that mood were to be found in two dances, 'Dialogue for Three' and 'Don't Leave Me'.The...

Published:Tuesday | July 21, 2015 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

The Nexus Performing Arts Company, which has won gold awards locally (Jamaica Cultural Development Commission Music competitions) and internationally (at the 5th World Choir Games in Austria), mounted a concert season worthy of another gold at the...

Published:Friday | July 17, 2015 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

"I've just come back from a visit with Prince Charles," Arthur Wylie said.The American film producer, entrepreneur, philanthropist and author spoke nonchalantly, but the exclamations from the audience showed they were impressed. We'd also been...

Published:Saturday | July 11, 2015 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

Internationally acclaimed theatre and film pioneer and practitioner Lloyd Malcolm Reckord died on Wednesday after a short illness. He was 86 years old.The multitalented actor, director, producer, playwright and film-maker was born in Kingston on May...

Published:Friday | July 10, 2015 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

The three functions mounted on Tuesday, the first day of the inaugural JAMPRO-organised Jamaica Film Festival, were hugely successful. A morning workshop on screenwriting at the Creative Production and Training Centre (CPTC) was followed in the...

Published:Wednesday | July 8, 2015 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

The audience was treated to more than just jazz as the decades-old Jazz in the Gardens series continued at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel, New Kingston, on Sunday.In addition to fine music by an on-form band and six singers, the audience got a lot that...

Published:Friday | July 3, 2015 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

Soon after he came to Jamaica in 1962, Peter Haley set about establishing himself as a part of Jamaican theatre. As an actor and director, he became not only a part, but a major part, of the scene. In anothercouple of weeks Haley will be returning...

Published:Wednesday | July 1, 2015 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

Two cities. Five days. Nine workshops. Fifty-two screenings. Seventy-plus local and international submissions.Those numbers give an idea of the scope of the third Greater August Town Film Festival (GATFFEST), which culminated in the handing out of...

Published:Friday | June 26, 2015 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

This year, the annual Classics in June concert, sponsored by the Kingston Soroptomist Club, was staged on Sunday. It was Father's Day and the item which got the loudest applause was dedicated to a father. It was the popular DuBose Heyward-George...

Published:Friday | June 19, 2015 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

Only once in a blue moon do we have two plays by the prolific Patrick Brown running simultaneously, figuratively speaking, the moon is blue this weekend with the award-winning Saving Alligator High playing at Centerstage, New Kingston, and Hurricane...

Published:Friday | June 12, 2015 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

Last week, six final year students at the School of Drama, Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts (EMCVPA), presented self-created solo pieces to an enthusiastic reception by the packed audience in the Dennis Scott Studio Theatre. By...

Published:Sunday | June 7, 2015 | 12:09 AMMichael Reckord

A THREE-PART, roughly two-hour-long audio-visual documentary on the life and work of former prime minister, The Most Honourable Edward Seaga, was recently launched at King’s House... 

Published:Friday | June 5, 2015 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

As the school year draws to a close, the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts (EMCVPA) offers the public quite a few fine free shows annually. They are mounted by final-year students as part of their academic programmes.At 7 p.m....

Published:Sunday | May 31, 2015 | 12:09 AMMichael Reckord

True story. It happened at The Theatre Place, Haining Road, on Wednesday afternoon, right after a performance of Force Ripe, a play written, directed and produced by Fabian Barracks.Addressing what she called "common myths about pregnancy," a...

Published:Friday | May 29, 2015 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

Following a year of composition and months of rehearsals, Jamaica's first full-length opera opens tomorrow at the Philip Sherlock Centre for the Creative Arts (PSCCA), Mona. The opera, 1865, with words and music by Franklin Halliburton, is based on...

Published:Friday | May 22, 2015 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

Carnage was a theme of two excellent productions last weekend.It is much-talked-about, but not actually present, in the Yasmina Reza comedy of manners (without the manners) God of Carnage, directed by Brian Heap for the University Players....

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