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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....

Published:Friday | May 15, 2015 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

After just over a year, my amazement at the small numbers of theatre practitioners I see at the Palace Amusement Company's fairly regular screenings of London's National Theatre Live (NTL) productions has diminished to mere surprise.National Theatre...

Published:Friday | May 15, 2015 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

He was not exaggerating about Ana Strachan, guitarist Seretse Small, tenor Rory Baugh, and instrumental group Touch of Elegance. Poet Joan Andrea Hutchinson, though primarily compere of the show, did double duty as a performer. In addition to...

Published:Friday | May 8, 2015 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

"A calm evening of exciting jazz" just about sums up the experience of a hundred or so people on Devon House east lawn last Thursday. It was International Jazz Day and, once again, the Edna Manley College (EMC) of the Visual and Performing Arts,...

Published:Friday | May 8, 2015 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

Dr Brian Heap has been taking some very effective shots at what he calls "the elephant in the room".He used the phrase while speaking recently at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel, New Kingston, to an audience comprising mainly high-school students and...

Published:Wednesday | May 6, 2015 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

Over the weekend, the two-year old Philharmonic Orchestra of Jamaica (POJ) took another step towards its ambitious goal of becoming "the premier symphony orchestra in the Caribbean". It mounted its 2015 Spring Concert Season (on Saturday and Sunday...

Published:Sunday | April 26, 2015 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

Seventeen schools across the island are now rehearsing nine of Shakespeare's plays in abridged, Jamaicanised versions the playwright could not have possibly imagined. The productions have been entered in a competition which will see the winner...

Published:Wednesday | April 22, 2015 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

Last week Sunday, a medium-size audience grabbed the opportunity provided by Palace Amusement Company to see - on screen at Palace Cineplex, Sovereign Centre - a play which is now running at London's Royal National Theatre.Written by one of the UK's...

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

Many internationally acclaimed theatre practitioners from Jamaica started out in Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) competitions. Basil Dawkins, as well as the late Trevor Rhone and Dennis Scott, spring to mind.During a recent JCDC...

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

Even before the start of The Jamaica Film Festival from July 7-11 in Kingston, new Jamaican screenplays and contemporary writers, directors and producers - the 'content creators' - are getting international exposure. Jampro's Film Commissioner Carole...

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