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Absent Friends: Amusing

Jean-Paul Menou and Shanique Brown in Absent Friends

Alan Ayckbourn’s Absent Friends is an open-ended statement about relationships.

Ring Di Alarm: Diverse and Engaging

Ring Di Alarm

Tenor Saw’s 'Ring Di Alarm' was a game changer for Dancehall and Reggae music, heralding in the rise of digitally produced tunes.

Ching Pow: A Kicking Comedy

Twin of Twins the 'starring' voices behind Ching Pow

The karate move, or kickers, is a core ingredient of Jamaica’s dancehall/urban culture. The movies were a staple element in the Jamaican film diet in the 70s and 80s and found a home in the dying embers of the State and Odeon cinemas during the 1990s.

Laff It Off is Crammed With Laughter

Simone Cooper Clarke and Mark Martin in Laff it Off

Oliver Mair’s musical comedy revue Laff It Off is, in the main, made of pretty funny stuff.

NDTC 2014 Season of Dance: Of New Energies and Continuity

Kerry-Ann Henry and Mark Phinn in Arsenio Andrade's Dimensions

It is not coincidental that the National Dance Theatre Company’s season of dance straddles Jamaica’s celebration of independence, because although it’s not officially listed on the independence events, nationhood, and what it means to be Jamaican is a core part of stories elaborated b

Mervyn Morris: Advice to Aspiring Poets (Sort Of)

Professor Mervyn Morris Poet Laureate of Jamaica

Professor Mervyn Morris’ witty speech at the JCDC 2014 literary awards should not be missed by anyone aspiring to call themself a poet nor by many of those who already do.  Shrouded in Prof Morris’ guise of humility, the speech is a poet's guide to understanding craft, housing me

Her Last Cry: Sensitive, Serious With a Dash of Humour

Her Last Cry

Her Last Cry is the story of two women and an abusive man. It’s a story of pain, regret, and love (or what sometimes passes for it).

Poets Play Word Cup at Redbones

Mutabaruka

There was no football in sight, and so, being poets they played with words instead. The event was Word Cup an evening of word play. But poetry, was not the only art form to take over the field of play, as singers and musicians also had their time at the microphone.

Social Atrocities: Three Young Artists Speak

Greg Bailey's Recruits

Three young Jamaican artists turned their gaze on Jamaica to uncover the canker sores eating away at the nation. Dubbed Social Atrocities, the exhibition, currently showing at the Olympia Gallery, features new paintings by Kimani Beckford, Monique Lofters and Greg Bailey.

Downstairs and Dubtonic Kru Rock Redbones

Dubtonic Kru at Rock Paper Scissors III

A combination of the usual suspects and a few new ones gathered for the third edition of Rock Paper Scissors.

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