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Published:Tuesday | April 14, 2020 | 12:14 AMMarcia Rowe/Gleaner Writer

THE JOB of an actor is a manifestation of mental courage, physical strength and emotional dexterity. So, for Jamaican Glen Campbell and Dennis Titus, to be nominated for an Actor Boy Award is much more than a feeling of joy. “It’s a humbling...

Published:Monday | April 13, 2020 | 12:00 AMMarcia Rowe/Gleaner Writer

IT WAS a moment for Jamaica’s theatre community to rejoice. Saturday, in a live broadcast on the Actor Boy Awards (ABA) Facebook page, administrator Maurice Bryan announced the list of nominees for the 2019 theatre season. But while the top...

Published:Tuesday | March 31, 2020 | 12:00 AMMarcia Rowe/Gleaner Writer

It is the new norm. Lights are out and theatre doors are closed, indefinitely, as leaders across the globe spearhead the battle against COVID-19 with social distancing. The result: actors and their supporting teams are out of work. So it was for...

Published:Thursday | March 26, 2020 | 12:00 AMMarcia Rowe/Gleaner Writer

FOR A number of Jamaicans, the annual journey to the Little Theatre to experience the National Dance Theatre Company’s (NDTC) Easter Sunday Morning of Movement and Music is akin to making a pilgrimage. Overall, the classical, reflective, nostalgic...

Published:Tuesday | March 17, 2020 | 12:00 AMMarcia Rowe/Gleaner Writer

When theatre practitioner David Tulloch announced the closure of the Phoenix Theatre in January, no one thought that representational politics would be his next move. However, recently, he was appointed the People’s National Party’s (PNP) caretaker...

Published:Wednesday | March 11, 2020 | 12:00 AMMarcia Rowe/Gleaner Writer

A large turnout of predominantly college-based apostles journeyed to the Ardenne High School Auditorium last Saturday to support the Universities and Colleges Apostolic Ministry (UCAM) UCAFEST 2020. In one accord, audience and performers...

Published:Wednesday | March 4, 2020 | 12:00 AMMarcia Rowe/Gleaner Writer

Choreographers and dancers from Jamaica and the region came together under one umbrella last Saturday, the penultimate night of the 2020 season of Jamaica Dance Umbrella: Sankofa Effect. In a showcase of utmost creativity, they dazzled the full...

Published:Tuesday | February 25, 2020 | 12:00 AMMarcia Rowe/Gleaner Writer

Despite many school administrators either shunning or pigeonholing theatre arts as a subject, in 2003, the first cohort, from 18 Jamaican high schools, joined their Caribbean counterparts in sitting the first Theatre Arts Examination in the...

Published:Friday | January 31, 2020 | 12:00 AMMarcia Rowe/Gleaner Writer

From atop The Jamaica Pegasus hotel, organisers of the International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA) announced their 2019 nominees, with Buju Banton and Koffee heading the list – 11 and nine nods, respectively. Media personalities and music...

Published:Wednesday | January 29, 2020 | 12:00 AMMarcia Rowe/Gleaner Writer

After sterling performances from Kevin Downswell, Jermaine Edwards and George Nooks, with strong support from other talented Jamaican artistes, headliner Pastor Shirley Caesar put the spiritual icing on the inaugural staging of Sister’s Praise:...

Published:Tuesday | January 14, 2020 | 12:00 AMMarcia Rowe/Gleaner Writer

When stand-up comedian Leighton Smith takes the stage, his audience is guaranteed a wide range of riveting satires. The stories are creatively worded, and, with clinical precision, they find the targeted funny bones. Smith’s very effective, non-...

Published:Friday | January 10, 2020 | 12:00 AMMarcia Rowe/Gleaner Writer

The shortage of theatre spaces for plays in Jamaica has taken a turn for the worse. On Sunday, Probemaster Entertainment staged its final production at the Phoenix Theatre. David Tulloch, manager of the over 15-year-old theatre, choked up as he...

Published:Tuesday | January 7, 2020 | 12:00 AMMarcia Rowe/Gleaner Writer

Prayer Partner, written by David Tulloch, is a showcase of excellent use of sound effects and fine acting, wrapped in comedic situations. When Danielle Jackson (Shashana Lamont), a 24-year-old middle-class woman, learns of boyfriend Giovani...

Published:Thursday | January 2, 2020 | 12:00 AMMarcia Rowe/Gleaner Writer

Fireworks on the Waterfront 2019 transformed the idyllic Ocean Boulevard, creating the illusion of being on a ship. The 18-year-old event was an adventure. And hundreds of Jamaicans came for the experience, themed ‘A Celebration of Development’....

Published:Monday | December 23, 2019 | 12:38 AMMarcia Rowe/Gleaner Writer

Culture is the best wine. And aptly, it was the means of celebration at the Welcome Home Miss World 2019 Cultural Tribute. Organised by the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the tributes to Miss World, Toni-Ann Singh, were...

Published:Friday | December 20, 2019 | 12:27 AMMarcia Rowe/Gleaner Writer

It was a ‘Winter Wonderland’ on Wednesday as Jamaican ‘pickneys’ mingled with two of their Internet-famous Nigerian counterparts at an “undisclosed” area in The Mall, Constant Spring Road, St Andrew. The occasion was the third staging of Pickney...

Published:Wednesday | December 11, 2019 | 12:18 AMMarcia Rowe/Gleaner Writer

To a music connoisseur, a live performance from a philharmonic orchestra is the absolute experience. And for the full house in attendance Saturday at the Courtleigh Auditorium, New Kingston, for the Philharmonic Orchestra of Jamaica and the Jamaica...

Published:Tuesday | December 10, 2019 | 12:00 AMMarcia Rowe/Gleaner Writer

There are many ways in which Ian ‘Ity’ Ellis could have celebrated his 50th birthday. But for this significant milestone on Friday, he used his golden jubilee celebration to raise funds for the Westmoreland-based Clifton Boys’ Home, which was...

Published:Saturday | December 7, 2019 | 12:00 AMMarcia Rowe/Gleaner Writer

Sustainable applause greeted the performers at the end of the National Dance Theatre Company production, The Music of the NDTC 2019, on Wednesday at The Little Theatre. Monoleto and Joyce Hutchinson were among the audience. For them, the concert...

Published:Friday | December 6, 2019 | 12:23 AMMarcia Rowe/Gleaner Writer

“It is a relaxation party.” That is how Hope Munroe, president of the local chapter of the Red Cross, described Saturday night’s fundraiser. Saturday Night on the Deck with Red Cross was held at the rustic and “affordable” venue on Trafalgar Road...

Published:Wednesday | December 4, 2019 | 12:08 AMMarcia Rowe/Gleaner Writer

In any language, Christmas songs bring joy to the heart and a smile to the face. So it was last Thursday, when students of various Jamaican schools performed Christmas songs and poems in Spanish. The occasion was the 14th staging of Concerto De...

Published:Wednesday | November 27, 2019 | 12:25 AMMarcia Rowe/Gleaner Writer

It was an opportunity to escape into the world of two art forms – the performing and the visual – strolling through colours, the abstract, the tangible and the symbolic. The conduits for this journey were the works of approximately 40 local artists...

Published:Wednesday | November 20, 2019 | 12:29 AMMarcia Rowe/Gleaner Writer

In an imperfect world, life throws obstacles that unnerve and destroy the best ideals. Henry Jackson (Michael Nicholson), the central character in Mikhail Solomon’s surreal play, Pit to Pulpit, knows all too well about this. Jackson, the son of a...

Published:Monday | November 18, 2019 | 12:16 AMMarcia Rowe/Gleaner Writer

It was a jubilant occasion for the gospel trio Levy’s Heritage, who launched their second album, Summoned: Submitting to the Call, last Saturday. Many friends and supporters also yielded to the call. In spite of a steady downpour, they turned out...

Published:Tuesday | November 12, 2019 | 12:00 AMMarcia Rowe/Gleaner Writer

Gospel concerts are on the increase in Jamaica, especially in the Corporate Area. The producers seem to work from similar scripts; that is, bring in an international act and have a few local gospel artistes who engage mainly the younger members of...

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