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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...

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

Edna Manley College School of Music lecturer June Lawson is laying claim to one of the most revered periods on the Christian calendar, Good Friday afternoons, as her show time. So last Friday, at the University Chapel, Mona, she introduced the...

Published:Sunday | April 5, 2015 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

"I couldn't find my glasses," Jean Small said.She was explaining to The Sunday Gleaner, an extra-long, between-scenes wait that the audience had during her one-woman show, The Awful Truth, at the Philip Sherlock Centre for the Creative Arts (PSCCA)...

Published:Wednesday | March 25, 2015 | 1:04 AMMichael Reckord

Though written some 2,500 years ago, Oedipus the King, by the Greek playwright, Sophocles, is arguably the greatest tragedy ever written. It is certainly one of the world's best plays. A good production leaves its audience both emotionally drained...

Published:Friday | March 20, 2015 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

Michael Holgate and David Tulloch are among the versatile practitioners of Jamaica's performing arts. Among many other things, they write, produce, direct and act in plays.They authored and directed productions now running in theatres on adjoining...

Published:Wednesday | March 18, 2015 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

One of Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka's most popular plays, the comedy The Lion and The Jewel, is having a run - until today - at the Philip Sherlock Centre for the Creative Arts (PSCCA), Mona. The presentation by the University Dramatic Arts Society (...

Published:Friday | March 13, 2015 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

What a packed week it was up to Sunday! Apart from the regular entertainment events - movies, plays, night-clubbing - last week saw the convergence of a couple of annual events with an established bi-annual one, plus a visit by an internationally...

Published:Thursday | March 12, 2015 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

In the pre-Independence era before Jamaican and Caribbean authors started pushing foreign ones off school curricula, adventure stories from the UK were about as popular as the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew novels of America. The books of Scottish author...

Published:Wednesday | March 11, 2015 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

Clearly, the Southern Chorale loves Jamaica. For the second time in four years, the 60-plus-strong choir, from the University of Southern Mississippi College of Arts and Letters and School of Music, is singing here.Conductor Dr Gregory Fuller told...

Published:Sunday | March 1, 2015 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

Some call it 'Sin City'. The PR people call it 'the entertainment capital of the world'. The first description is due to its tolerance for all kinds of adult entertainment, the second because it's probably true...

Published:Thursday | February 19, 2015 | 11:02 PMMichael Reckord

Today, I discuss the functions of drama and the concomitant question "why do we go to the theatre?"I was nudged toward the issue by playwright-producer Barbara Gloudon, whose comments on a column of mine were published in The Gleaner of February 6....

Published:Friday | February 13, 2015 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

The late Trevor Rhone was generally recognised as Jamaica's best playwright.Having been associated with Jamaican theatre for more than several capacities for over 50 years, my current top three are Patrick Brown, Basil Dawkins and Dahlia Harris.The...

Published:Tuesday | February 10, 2015 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

The recent Love in the Afternoon event, staged at the Alhambra Inn,  Tucker Avenue, St Andrew, was the second in the Jamaica Musical Theatre Company's (JMTC) 2014 - 2015 In Concert series.....

Published:Friday | February 6, 2015 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

As Jamaica Musical Theatre Company (JMTC) chairman Doug Bennett has pointed out, 2015 is turning out to be one of the most productive years in the company’s "long history".

Published:Friday | January 30, 2015 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

"I think there is still a stereotype about what is the arts," said Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts (EMCVPA) adminis

Published:Friday | January 16, 2015 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

The Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts (EMCVPA) expects to spend about US$6 million to implement its five-year develop

Published:Friday | January 9, 2015 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

Those who ask more of theatre than only entertainment will probably stay away from RBT Productions Limited's roots comedy, Bashment Grann

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