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Published:Monday | August 8, 2022 | 12:07 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic and the spread of monkeypox, many have left the current National Dance Theatre Company (NDTC) shows at the Little Theatre, Tom Redcam Avenue, with their spirits lifted. For them, a major company objective for the...

Published:Saturday | August 6, 2022 | 12:08 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

The first phase of a Save Ormsby Hall initiative which began some four months ago is winding down. It is “an immense project” says the conceptualiser, the well-known artist Laura Facey, who is spearheading it, and the movement to save the venerable...

Published:Thursday | July 28, 2022 | 12:09 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

“Welcome back to live theatre.” That was the greeting given by Marlon Simms, artistic director of the National Dance Theatre Company (NDTC), to the audience last Friday night at the Little Theatre. He was opening the company’s first full live...

Published:Thursday | July 14, 2022 | 12:10 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

On the face of it, the paintings of the late Cecil Cooper and the fiction of Ferdinand Dennis are unrelated. But the works of the two are featured together at the Olympia Gallery in Papine, St Andrew, and the creators both referred to as...

Published:Friday | June 24, 2022 | 12:08 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

Although Robert Johnson Jr is an experienced playwright, with 15 plays produced in the United States and Kenya, he is treating his current play with extra special care. And it is taking him longer than usual to complete. He has been working on Bar...

Published:Tuesday | June 21, 2022 | 6:37 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

At the end of its concert at the Church of the Good Shepherd last Sunday, the Jamaica Youth Chorale (JYC) got the ultimate accolade, a standing ovation. Minutes later, this Gleaner reporter and several others gathered around the JYC’s founder and...

Published:Monday | May 16, 2022 | 12:08 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

Theatre is back. Hurrah! You lovers of the live stage now have a chance to see the first commercial play produced in the island during the COVID-19 era. On any evening, except Mondays, you can go to Kingston’s Little Little Theatre for Hide Your...

Published:Friday | April 22, 2022 | 12:05 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

Of course, the National Dance Theatre Company (NDTC) did not die in the pandemic. But they had refrained from giving live shows for the past two years, so their return to the stage of the Little Theatre on Easter morning was a resurrection of sorts...

Published:Friday | April 17, 2020 | 12:05 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

“CAN YOU imagine the surge in writing that will come out of the enforced isolation and increased anxiety of the COVID crisis?” That question was asked this week by Dr Rachel Moseley-Wood, head of the Department of Literatures in English at The...

Published:Tuesday | April 7, 2020 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

JAMAICA’S CULTURAL and creative industries has been thrown a lifeline in the form of a stimulus package for COVID-19 relief. This is available for individuals and businesses which are registered with the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment...

Published:Friday | April 3, 2020 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

(Part 2 of an article based on an interview with Dr Edward Baugh, author of a recent biography on Nobel laureate Derek Walcott. Part 1 was published last Friday.) BAUGH’S “FIRST encounter” with Walcott excited him, he told me, but it was really a...

Published:Friday | March 27, 2020 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

(Part 1 of an article based on an interview with Dr Edward Baugh at The UWI.) “DEREK WALCOTT was one of the makers and changers of West Indian literature.” This was University of the West Indies Professor Emeritus Edward Baugh’s summation of the...

Published:Monday | March 23, 2020 | 12:09 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

In a book that soars with poetry, American author and journalist Ross Kenneth Urken metaphorically describes his Jamaican nanny’s past as being “a fortified city”. But it was one he felt compelled to explore. This I learned when he and I chatted...

Published:Friday | March 13, 2020 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

The past seven days saw two very significant events in Jamaican film occurring. One was the re-screening of an iconic movie; the other was the launch of a book on film. Had author and film-maker Perry Henzell been alive to celebrate his 84th...

Published:Friday | March 6, 2020 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

February, celebrated as Black History Month, was chock-full of directly and peripherally related events and it ended in a week with an increased flurry of cultural activities. The three functions that I was able to attend included one on the...

Published:Thursday | March 5, 2020 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

On Sunday, various colleagues, friends and admirers of the late historian, essayist and poet Edward Kamau Brathwaite paid tribute to him in poetry, prose and music. The function held in the Neville Hall Lecture Theatre (N1) at The University of the...

Published:Friday | February 28, 2020 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

Over the last 90 years or so, Jamaican ‘patwa’has gradually become a legitimate, even respectable language. That’s the essence of the thesis argued in the 2020 Philip Sherlock Lecture by educator and theatre practitioner Carolyn Allen last...

Published:Friday | February 21, 2020 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

Though the Chinese involvement in Jamaican music is quite well known, many who have been attending Grounation 2020 at the Institute of Jamaica (IOJ) have been learning and expressing surprise about its depth and breadth. The Ninth Annual Reggae/...

Published:Friday | February 14, 2020 | 12:14 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

“Where does she find the time?” would be a reasonable question for you to ask before entering the Jamaica Shopping Club Theatre on Cargill Avenue to see the current play, Hell and Powder House. The question would be about Dahlia Harris, who has...

Published:Friday | February 7, 2020 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

In order to join in the conversations taking place this Black History Month, many people will be trying to learn a bit more about our national heroes. Their quest for information about the most popular, Marcus Garvey Jr, will doubtlessly cause some...

Published:Friday | January 31, 2020 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

‘Jamaica Jamaica! How Our Music Conquered the World’ is the quite immodest title of the exhibition that opens at the National Gallery on Sunday. But there is a lot to be immodest about. As an international exhibition series, it is the largest one...

Published:Friday | January 24, 2020 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

Because of the approach taken by the Edna Manley College’s School of Drama and the Sistren Theatre Collective, community drama in Jamaica is about helping communities to solve social problems. Often, the dramatic work is created through discussions...

Published:Friday | January 17, 2020 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

The Cathedral Singers of Ontario, Canada, and their organists flew out of the island on Monday after helping out two local churches for 10 days. A spokesman said they all had a “wonderful time”. Members of the group conducted workshops with local...

Published:Friday | January 10, 2020 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

“Basil (Dawkins) doesn’t create superficial characters,” says theatre director Douglas Prout. Fans of Dawkins’ plays will probably agree, and the playwright has accumulated hundreds, perhaps thousands, since his first production, Flat Mate, in 1980...

Published:Friday | January 3, 2020 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

Just three months shy of its 40th birthday on April 1, Chalice remains one of Jamaica’s most popular bands. Not surprisingly, then, there was standing room only for its lunchtime concert last Friday at the Bank of Jamaica. One of the 15 or so...

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