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Pantomime needs revamping

Published:Monday | April 30, 2012 | 12:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

I tried since February to stay silent on this issue after suffering and exposing three Canadian guests to 'Anansi and Goat Head Soup'.

However, Dr E. Marilyn Duff's comments in your newspaper on Saturday, April 28, have smoked me out. In a nutshell, the current pantomime needs a comprehensive redo in its presentation, oration and the overall production.

It really is only fit for lovers of shouting, a new brand of barely understandable Patois, and erratic storylines. It is my opinion that the pantomime should be a showcase of Jamaica's cultural 'top shelf'.

Both locals and some foreigners should be able to appreciate the production, and not be totally lost because of the diction, as well as the erratic flow of the story.

If every theatre production in the world adopted the 'Anansi and Goat Head Soup' approach, we wouldn't learn or enjoy anything new from other cultures.

I think it is time that we return to the high standards emulated by Noel Vaz, Rex Nettleford and Louise Bennett-Coverley and make the National Pantomime truly national and fit for discerning local and international consumption.

CHRISTOPHER BURGESS

cburgess@ceacsolutions.com